Lines of Washington Allston, A.R. [sic], accompanying the painting of the Tuscan Girl--Ursulina--purchased by David Sears, Sept. 10, 1831. "How pleasant and how sad the turning tide/ Of Human Life, when side by side/ The child and Youth begin to glide/ Along the vale of years;/ The pure twin-being for a little space,/ With lightsome heart, and yet a graver face,/ Too young for wo, though not for tears. This turning tide is Ursulina's now,/ The time is marked upon her brow; . . . The things that once she lov'd are still the same,/ But now there needs another name/ to give the feeling which they claim, . . . Now the young soul her mighty power shall prove,/ And outward things around her move/ Pure ministers of purer love,/ And make the heart her home;/ Or to the meaner senses sink a slave,/ To do their bidding, though they madly crave/ through hateful scenes of vice to roam. But, Ursulina, thine the better choice;/ Thine eyes so speak, as with a voice;/ Thy heart may still in Earth rejoice/ And all its beauty love;/ But no, not all this fair enchanting Earth,/ With all its spells, can give the rapture birth/ That waits thy conscious soul above.--WA. ALLSTON. [Pp. 2-3.]
Catalogue of the Third Annual Exhibition of the Washington Art Association, Gallery, Pennsylvania Avenue, bet. 10th and 11th Streets. Washington: William H. Moore, Printer. 1859.