Miss Martin's first piece on canvass was executed in the fall of '39, and, in this catalogue, it is the first in arrangement--"Infancy." [P. 4.] How hush'd, and still, and marble-like, that sleep%/ Breathe lightly% Speak not% Save those half-op'd lips,/ Like rose-leaves quiv'ring in a zephyr's sigh,/ And the fair folds upon that fairer breast/ So softly swelling, and the vermeil flush,/ Which, like an evening-cloud, floats o'er all that cheek,--/ Such stirless rest is like, in all, to that/ Which knows no wakening. What stateliness/ Upon that baby-brow% What dignity/ Is on that cherub-lip, so exquisite/ In curve and teint, and yet, so proudly firm%/ How beautiful--ay, more than beautiful--/ The thread-like tracery of those azure veins,/ Stealing along the drooped and snow-white lid%/ Do angels whisper thee, thou blessed one,/ That on those fairy lips flutters a smile/ So spirit-like and sad* So fair, so frail/ A thing ye are, ye seem not of our world/ Though in it; but a link in that vast chain/ Of human being--half divine, half dust--/ Through which our earth-soiled souls are joined to Heaven./ Oh, in this dark and sinning pilgrimage,/ If such as ye are not the chosen ones,/ Well may we,--our sandals heavy-laden/ With earth's dross,--our garments dim and darken'd--/ Well may we despair of welcome entrance/ To "the better land%" [Pp. 5-6.]
Lilly Martin, Marietta Artist. 1841. By Edmund Flagg. Catalogue of Miss Martin's Paintings.