Euphrosyne – Goddess of Mirth and Joyfulness

 

This is my last print until Autumn and I decided to end on a high note with one of the 3 graces – Euphrosyne..this print is dedicated to all my friends and family with love and happiness for the Summer days.

Euphrosyne is the personification of happiness in life. The feeling in the Western world feels very changeable and disconcerting at this present time with the threat of big changes and instability – change brings FEAR which counteracts joy and happiness. In this print I present Euphrosyne with the bluebirds of happiness. The bluebird is a symbol of happiness in many cultures around the world, including in Russia, where it represents hope, and in China’s Shang Dynasty, where it’s a messenger of knowledge and enlightenment. In Native American mythology, some tribes consider the bluebird a spirit in animal form that symbolizes the dawn of a new day; others associate the friendly bird with the sun. So, as Dorothy posits, “If happy little bluebirds fly beyond the rainbow, why, oh, why can’t I?”

CARPE DIEM – The Roman poet Horace coined this phrase …”Seize the day ” ..in times like these it is easy for us all to forget …….. x

EUPHROSYNE - Godess of Mirth and Joyfulness

EUPHROSYNE – Godess of Mirth and Joyfulness

Euphrosyne was connected to the Elysian mysteries andf the underworld also assisting Hermes in his travels. The Greeks called the 3 women of which Euphrosyne is one the Charities   and the Romans called them the Graces.

L’Allegro...Excerpt….
BY JOHN MILTON

But come thou goddess fair and free,
In heav’n yclep’d Euphrosyne,
And by men, heart-easing Mirth,
Whom lovely Venus at a birth
With two sister Graces more
To Ivy-crowned Bacchus bore;
Or whether (as some sager sing)
The frolic wind that breathes the spring,
Zephyr, with Aurora playing,
As he met her once a-Maying,
There on beds of violets blue,
And fresh-blown roses wash’d in dew,
Fill’d her with thee, a daughter fair,
So buxom, blithe, and debonair.
Haste thee nymph, and bring with thee
Jest and youthful Jollity,
Quips and cranks, and wanton wiles,
Nods, and becks, and wreathed smiles,
Such as hang on Hebe’s cheek,
And love to live in dimple sleek;
Sport that wrinkled Care derides,
And Laughter holding both his sides.
Come, and trip it as ye go
On the light fantastic toe,
And in thy right hand lead with thee,
The mountain-nymph, sweet Liberty;
And if I give thee honour due,
Mirth, admit me of thy crew
To live with her, and live with thee,
In unreproved pleasures free;
To hear the lark begin his flight,
And singing startle the dull night,
From his watch-tower in the skies,
Till the dappled dawn doth rise;

 

 

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Linda Hill
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One Response to Euphrosyne – Goddess of Mirth and Joyfulness

  1. rose cook says:

    Joy and happiness…thank you, what a goddess x

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