Had I The Choice

31 07 2013

Had I the choice to tally greatest bards,
To limn their portraits, stately, beautiful, and emulate at will,
Homer with all his wars and warriors, Hector, Achilles, Ajax,
Or Shakspere’s woe-entangled Hamlet, Lear, Othello, Tennyson’s fair ladies,
Metre or wit the best, or choice conceit to wield in perfect rhyme, delight of singers;
These, these, O sea, all these I’d gladly barter,
Would you the undulation of one wave, its trick to me transfer,
Or breathe one breath of yours upon my verse,
And leave its odor there.

 

Walt Whitman

 

Atlantic beach

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Oak

28 07 2013

Live thy life,

Young and old,

Like yon oak,

Bright in spring,

Living gold;

Summer-rich

Then; and then

Autumn-changed,

Soberer-hued

Gold again.

All his leaves

Fall’n at length,

Look, he stands,

Trunk and bough,

Naked strength.

Alfred Tennyson

black oak in red





Like Seasoned Timber

27 07 2013

Sweet day, so cool, so calm, so bright
The bridal of the earth and sky:
The dew shall weep thy fall tonight,
For thou must die.

Sweet rose, whose hue, angry and brave,
Bids the rash gazer wipe his eyes:
Thy root is ever in its grave,
And thou must die.

Sweet spring, full of sweet days and roses,
A box where sweets compacted lie:
My music shows ye have your closes,
And all must die.

Only a sweet and virtuous soul,
LIke seasoned timber, never gives;
But though the whole world turn to coal.
Then chiefly lives.

George Herbert




A Little Rill

26 07 2013

There is a little unpretending Rill
Of limpid water, humbler far than aught
That ever among Men or Naiads sought
Notice or name! It quivers down the hill,
Furrowing its shallow way with dubious will;
Yet to my mind this scanty Stream is brought
Oftener than Ganges or the Nile; a thought
Of private recollection sweet and still!
Months perish with their moons; year treads on year!
But, faithful Emma! thou with me canst say
That, while ten thousand pleasures disappear,
And flies their memory fast almost as they;
The immortal Spirit of one happy day
Lingers beside that Rill, in vision clear.

 

William Wordsworth

blue cascade (lite)





A Voice From The Farm

22 07 2013

It is my dream to have you here with me,
Out of the heated city’s dust and din –
Here where the colts have room to gambol in,
And kine to graze, in clover to the knee.
I want to see your wan face happily
Lit with the wholesome smiles that have not been
In use since the old games you used to win
When we pitched horseshoes: And I want to be
At utter loaf with you in this dim land
Of grove and meadow, while the crickets make
Our own talk tedious, and the bat wields
His bulky flight, as we cease converse and
In a dusk like velvet smoothly take
Our way toward home across the dewy fields.

James Whitcomb Riley

 

country

 





A Prayer

20 07 2013

Until I lose my soul and lie
Blind to the beauty of the earth,
Deaf though shouting wind goes by,
Dumb in a storm of mirth;

Until my heart is quenched at length
And I have left the land of men,
Oh, let me love with all my strength
Careless if I am loved again.

Sara Teasdale





Think On These Things

19 07 2013

Finally brethren:

 

Whatsoever things are                 true

Whatsoever things are                 honorable

Whatsoever things are                 just

Whatsoever things are                 pure

Whatsoever things are                 pleasing

Whatsoever things are                 commendable

 

If there be any                                 virtue

If there be any                                 praise

 

Think on these things.

Paul the Apostle

(Philippians 4:8)

true

  1. (of a statement) Conforming to the actual state of reality or factfactually correct.
    This is a true story.
  2. (logic) A state in Boolean logic that indicates an affirmative or positive result.
    “A and B” is true if and only if “A” is true and “B” is true.
  3. Loyalfaithful.
    He’s turned out to be a true friend.
  4. Genuine.  [quotations ▼]
    This is true Parmesan cheese.
  5. Legitimate.
    The true king has returned!
  6. (of an aim or missile in archeryshootinggolf etc.) Accurate; following a path toward the target.

honorable

  1. Worthy of respectrespectable.

just

  1. Factually faircorrectproper.
    It is a just assessment of the facts.
  2. Morally fairuprightrighteousequitable.
    It looks like a just solution at first glance.
    pure

    1. free of flaws or imperfections; unsullied
    2. ​free of foreign material or pollutants
    3. free of immoral behavior or qualitiesclean

    pleasing

    1. Agreeable; giving pleasurecheerenjoyment or gratification.

    commendable

    1. Worthy of commendation; deserving praiseadmirablecreditable or meritorious.

    virtue

    1. (obsolete) The inherent power of a god, or other supernatural being.
    2. The inherent power or efficacy of something (now only in phrases).
    3. (uncountable) Accordance with moral principles; conformity of behaviour or thought with the strictures of morality; good moral conduct.
    4. A particular manifestation of moral excellence in a person; an admirable quality.
    5. Specifically, each of several qualities held to be particularly important, including the four cardinal virtues, the three theological virtues, or the seven virtues opposed to the seven deadly sins.

    praise

    1. commendation; favourable representation in words
    2. worship

    (from Wiktionary)