Saturday, 24 October 2015

THE PASTOR AND HIS FLOCK

Pastor
REV. J. R. ARMITSTEAD

Flock
MRS. BOLTON LITTLEDALE, MISS MAY ROYDS, MRS. MARSHALL

One cannot but admire the natural way in which our Artist has provided simple and easy egress and change of pasture for The Flock, at the further end of the field; not that its fair members were averse or unable, on occasion, to make or find a way for themselves over hill, over dale, thro' bush, thro' briar." 

Indeed I call to mind some fugitive lines bearing on the subject, which ran somehow thus;

"Who is this like a swallow that skims o'er the brook,
With demeanour so modest, and downcast her look?
No wonder she waits for no lead from the Kirk,
For it is Mrs, Marshall and mounted on Chirk! 

If explanation is needed, I would mention that  “Chirk” was a good horse often ridden by Mrs. Marshall, and always with the downcast pose of neck and head so truly presented in the picture.

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