March 13, 2009

She Was A Phantom Of Delight

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--Description: Wordsworth,W., 19th C, Beauty, Love--


She was a Phantom of delight
When first she gleamed upon my sight;
A lovely Apparition, sent
To be a moment's ornament;
Her eyes as stars of Twilight fair;
Like Twilight's, too, her dusky hair;
But all things else about her drawn
From May-time and the cheerful Dawn;
A dancing Shape, an Image gay,
To haunt, to startle, and waylay.

I saw her upon nearer view,
A Spirit, yet a Woman too!
Her household motions light and free,
And steps of virgin-liberty;
A countenance in which did meet
Sweet records, promises as sweet;
A Creature not too bright or good
For human nature's daily food,
For transient sorrows, simple wiles,
Praise, blame, love, kisses, tears, and smiles.

And now I see with eye serene
The very pulse of the machine;
A Being breathing thoughtful breath,
A Traveller between life and death;
The reason firm, the temperate will,
Endurance, foresight, strength, and skill;
A perfect Woman, nobly planned,
To warn, to comfort, and command;
And yet a Spirit still, and bright
With something of angelic light.


William Wordsworth

--Did You Know:  Wordsworth visited Revolutionary France and became enthralled with the Republican movement. He fell in love with a French woman, Annette Vallon, who in 1792 gave birth to their child, Caroline.  Late he wrote his acclaimed "It is a beauteous evening, calm and free," recalling his seaside walk with his daughter.

--Word of the Day: analphabet (an-AL-fuh-bet), noun
Meaning: An illiterate; one who doesn't know the alphabet or the basics of something.
Example: "For an auto-analphabet like me, this was big news indeed. Armed with these magical tires, I'd never have to lug around a spare."
(Amy Gamerman; Tires -- No Pressure; The Wall Street Journal (New York);
May 29, 1998.)

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