Stream in the Forest.
 Courbet, Gustave, 1819-1877

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Title:Stream in the Forest
Notes:"The laments and praises of Psalms 42-43 work because of their haunting imagery and sustained structures -- the deer panting for flowing streams, tears as constant food, and the repeated "Why are you cast down, O my soul?" typical of a complaint psalm, the grievance-juxtaposed-with-confidence pattern dominates...Augustine's "Our souls are restless till they find their rest in you" might well trace its origin to the far more vivid psalmist's simile, "As a deer longs for flowing streams, so my soul longs for you, O God" (42:1). This sylvan image, reminiscent of the Song of Solomon, invites the reader/worshiper into an extended lyric that wanders through both psalms, alternating between extremes of questions, lament and complaint and confident hope and vindication." (Bartlett/Taylor, 155)
Artist:Courbet, Gustave, 1819-1877
Building:Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
Country:United States

Scripture:Psalm 42
Lectionary links:CProp07
General Subject:Animals

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Attribution:Courbet, Gustave, 1819-1877. Stream in the Forest, from Art in the Christian Tradition, a project of the Vanderbilt Divinity Library, Nashville, TN. [retrieved May 19, 2024]. Original source:
Record Number:51132 Last Updated: 2021-03-02 07:33:47 Record Created: 2007-04-19 00:00:00
Institution:Vanderbilt University Collection: Art in the Christian Tradition

Bibliographic Source:Feasting on the Word: Year C, Vol. 3
Author:Bartlett, David L. and Barbara Brown Taylor
Publisher:Westminster John Knox Press