“And imitate the stars celestial…


Magnolia stellata in yesterday’s spring gale


“Learn then to dance, you that are princes born,
And lawful lords of earthly creatures all;
Imitate them, and therefore take no scorn,
For this new art to them is natural.
And imitate the stars celestial;
For when pale death your vital twist shall sever,
Your better parts must dance with them forever.”


Stanza 60 from Orchestra  or Poem of Dancing by Sir John Davies English poet, lawyer and politician (1569- 1626). You can find the full work HERE.

And more about Sir John Davies HERE.

But for now, why not do as the poet and Mr. Bowie says: Let’s Dance…


Bright Square #6

37 thoughts on ““And imitate the stars celestial…

      1. Yikes on the snow – brilliant blue skies and sunshine here, but also a bitter wind so dancing is definitely the only option here too!

      2. Feels like a very Portuguese winter at the moment. If you’re in a sheltered spot it’s glorious, but anywhere else you need the thermals!

      1. Hahaha.
        I have two left feet and when I try to dance, I am always out of tune with the music and myself and I don’t think dance lessons can cure it

    1. Glad to stir up the dancing toes, albeit theoretically. The photo was a lucky shot, just caught when the wind blew up right in the sun’s face. Such rough manners.

    1. Happy to pass him on. It was a chance find for me too. The poem though epic in scale, seems to be a suitor’s charming inducement of Odysseus’s Penelope to dance. It starts off with the poet’s observation that Homer was too aged to remember to include mention of dancing in his wordy outpourings. I can see this might well prove fertile territory, Laura.

  1. Gorgeous words, the feeling is intoxicating. “And imitate the stars celestial…” I can just imagine the scintillating dance of those magnolia stellata “FlooowERS,” with wild sunshine sparking all around them. And now, listening, I cannot stop dancing. 😉 Cheers- Autumn Jade

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