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A couple of cool couplets

23 January 2011

One expresses to a ‘t’, how I feel about each and every member of my immediate family at this moment.  The other seems more true now than it is as time proceeds. 

Weary with toil, I haste me to my bed,
The dear repose for limbs with travel tired;
But then begins a journey in my head,
To work my mind, when body’s work’s expired:
For then my thoughts, from far where I abide,
Intend a zealous pilgrimage to thee,
And keep my drooping eyelids open wide,
Looking on darkness which the blind do see
Save that my soul’s imaginary sight
Presents thy shadow to my sightless view,
Which, like a jewel hung in ghastly night,
Makes black night beauteous and her old face new.
Lo! thus, by day my limbs, by night my mind,
For thee and for myself no quiet find.

– Shakespeare, [Sonnet 27]

Yup, that’s how I feel right now.   🙂

And for other reasons, this gem resonates with me at this moment:

Thou know’st, the first time that we smell the air,
We wawl and cry.

– Shakespeare  [King Lear (Act 4, Scene VI, 194ff)]

Heh.  🙂

– Elder

PS – It’s very true that I am winding down.  I hope to write a farewell article soon (? – hopefully), and then enter into semi-retirement.

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