"The Nightingale".

The Nightingale watercolor

ITEM SPECIFICS nº 1089:

A nightingale overhears a student complaining that his professor's daughter will not dance with him, as he is unable to give her a red rose.. Seeing the student in tears, she impales herself on the rose-tree's thorn so that her heart's blood can stain the rose. The student takes the rose to the professor's daughter, but she again rejects him. The student angrily throws the rose into the gutter, returns to his study of metaphysics, and decides not to believe in true love anymore.


"She said that she would dance with me if I brought her red roses,"
cried the young Student; "but in all my garden there is no red
rose."
From her nest in the holm-oak tree the Nightingale heard him, and
she looked out through the leaves, and wondered.
"No red rose in all my garden!" he cried, and his beautiful eyes
filled with tears. "Ah, on what little things does happiness
depend! I have read all that the wise men have written, and all
the secrets of philosophy are mine, yet for want of a red rose is
my life made wretched."...

Oscar Wilde - The Nightingale and the Rose



Original watercolor of a Nightingale painted by Juan Bosco. 

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