Saturday, June 11, 2011

Old Ironsides

is leaving on a jet plane today!

Wendy stopped by to do a little shopping yesterday before heading back to MN., and she was kind enough to pose for a quick pic with one of her new found treasures. This pillow is going to make a great Father's Day gift for her husband, as Old Ironsides is a favorite poem of his. This was the nickname given to the 18th century frigate, USS Constitution during the War of 1812. This was a one of a kind pillow that we constructed using a vintage stitchery framed out with new fabric. It was great seeing Wendy again after making the move East, and we hope she can visit us again when in town!

Old Ironsides by Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr. - September 16, 1830

Ay, tear her tattered ensign down!
Long has it waved on high,
And many an eye has danced to see
That banner in the sky;
Beneath it rung the battle shout,
And burst the cannon's roar;
The meteor of the ocean air
Shall sweep the clouds no more.

Her deck, once red with heroes' blood,
Where knelt the vanquished foe,
When winds were hurrying o'er the flood,
And waves were white below,
No more shall feel the victor's tread,
Or know the conquered knee;
The harpies of the shore shall pluck
The eagle of the sea!

Oh, better that her shattered bulk
Should sink beneath the wave;
Her thunders shook the mighty deep,
And there should be her grave;
Nail to the mast her holy flag,
Set every threadbare sail,
And give her to the god of storms,
The lightning and the gale!

No comments: