mythologyofthepoetandthemuse: The woods decay, the woods decay…

mythologyofthepoetandthemuse:

The woods decay, the woods decay and fall,
The vapours weep their burthen to the ground,
Man comes and tills the field and lies beneath,
And after many a summer dies the swan.
Me only cruel immortality
Consumes; I wither slowly in thine arms,
Here at the quiet limit of the world,
A white-hair’d shadow roaming like a dream
The ever-silent spaces of the East,
Far-folded mists, and gleaming halls of morn.
“Tithonus” by Sir Alfred Lord Tennyson

In Greek mythology Tithonus or Tithonos (Τιθωνός) was the lover of Eos, Titaness of the dawn, who was known in Roman mythology as Aurora.

Painting:
Aurora’s Take off by Louis Jean Lagranee.