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Wood Engraving - O the Lark is Singing in the Sky - Published

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Basic Information

Accession Number:1978P620.9
Collection:Fine Art Prints and Drawings
Date:1864 - 1864

Maker Information

Artist:John Everett Millais - View biography for John Everett Millais
Engraver:Joseph Swain - View biography for Joseph Swain


This image, engraved by Joseph Swain, was published in the periodical 'Good Words' to accompany a poem entitled 'O the Lark is Singing in the Sky' (January, 1864, p. 64):

O the lark is singing in the sky,
A bonny, bonny song;
But there's a bird in my heart, love,
A-singing all day long.
The soaring lark sinks back to earth -
His song will soon be o'er;
But the bird in my heart, love,
Shall sing for evermore.

O the rose is blooiming in the sun,
The sweetest flower that grows,
But there's a bonny flower, love,
Blooms fairer than the rose.
It fills life's summer air with joy,
Nor droops when stroms come o'er.
'Twill flourish in its beauty
When roses bloom no more.

The poem is signed 'R.B.R'.

Accessioned, 1978.

Further Information

Production Period:19th century
Medium:Wood engraving, printed in black, on paper.


Height:147 mm
Width:112 mm