Winslow Homer

Artist's Biography

The Morning Bell.

Wood engraving, 1873.
Image size 9 3/16 x 13 1/2" (23.3 x 34.3 cm).
Good condition.
LOCATION: New York City

Inventory Number: 7016
Price: $250.00
Publisher : Published in Harper's Weekly, December 13, 1873.
From the text on verso: "The Morning Bell. Not the late bell which rouses from sweet dreams* Some fair young sleeper in her downy bed,* And bids her rise to spend the new-born day* 'Neath folly's rule, by fashion's scepter led;* Not the sweet bell which in the church tower hangs,* and call with silvery tongue the hour of prayer-* Not that: for in response to its dear tones* The weary ones would find their rest from care.* Ah, No! 'tis but the heavy factory bell,* Which takes its tone from factory noise and din,* And wearily responding to its call,* Behold a day of hardship must begin! And slowly in the well-worn, toilsome path* Go those whose paths seem ever cast in shade, * While others reap the sunshine of their toll:* By these the factory bell must be obeyed.* And so the morning bell rings ever on,* And so the weary feet obey its call,* Till o'er the earth silence at last shall come,* And death bring peace and rest alike to all." No author's name is given to the poem. 18th-19th Century Subjects , Trades And Industries