April 16, 2009

The Best Thing in the World

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Let the delightful words of this beautiful poem,
charm and inspire your busy day.

--Description: 19th C, Browning E., Hope, Life--

What's the best thing in the world?
June-rose, by May-dew impearled;
Sweet south-wind, that means no rain;
Truth, not cruel to a friend;
Pleasure, not in haste to end;
Beauty, not self-decked and curled
Till its pride is over-plain;
Light, that never makes you wink;
Memory, that gives no pain;
Love, when, so, you're loved again.
What's the best thing in the world?
—Something out of it, I think.

--Did You Know: Browning's intellectual fascination with the classics and metaphysics was balanced by a religious obsession which she later described as "not the deep persuasion of the mild Christian but the wild visions of an enthusiast."

--Word of the Day: pulchritude \PUL-kruh-tood; -tyood\, noun
Meaning: That quality of appearance which pleases the eye; beauty; comeliness; grace; loveliness.
Example: Where Linda has her infectious charm, Polly has only her empty pulchritude.
(Hannah Betts, "Sixty years on, and it's still a gel thing", Times (London), February 3, 2001)

--Quote of the Day: "For it was not into my ear you whispered, but into my heart. It was not my lips you kissed, but my soul."
(Judy Garland)

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