Once emerged from the gray of night,
Then heavy and precious and strong from the fire--
In the evening filled with God and bowed...
Ethereally now rained round with blue,
floating off over mountains' snowcaps to wise
(And if I can find again where I found the translation, I will give credit for it; it wasn't me.) A fine testimonial to this painting's influence is the fact that it is still used as an art exercise for children.