April 18, 2009

Home Thoughts From Abroad

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charm and inspire your busy day.


--Description: 19th, Browning R., Patriotism, Seasons--

Oh, to be in England
Now that April's there,
And whoever wakes in England
Sees, some morning, unaware,
That the lowest boughs and the brushwood sheaf
Round the elm-tree bole are in tiny leaf,
While the chaffinch sings on the orchard bough
In England - now!

And after April, when May follows,
And the whitethroat builds, and all the swallows!
Hark, where my blossomed pear-tree in the hedge
Leans to the field and scatters on the clover
Blossoms and dewdrops - at the bent spray's edge -
That's the wise thrush; he sings each song twice over,
Lest you should think he never could recapture
The first fine careless rapture!
And though the fields look rough with hoary dew
All will be gay when noontide wakes anew
The buttercups, the little children's dower
- Far brighter than this gaudy melon-flower!

Robert Browning

--Did You Know: Browning's is assuredly at once the most incarnate and dynamic of visions of Deity, in Christianity and perhaps in any of the world's great religions.

--Word of the Day: portmanteau (port-MAN-to, -TOH, PORT-, noun
Meaning: 1. A word coined by blending two or more words. 2. A case opening in two parts, used for carrying clothes while traveling.
Example: Originally a portmanteau was a court official who carried the robes of a king. Since a portmanteau had two hinged compartments, Lewis Carroll used the word to describe a blended word in his book "Through the Looking-Glass" (1871). While explaining the poem Jabberwocky, Humpty Dumpty tells Alice:
"Well, 'slithy' means 'lithe and slimy'. 'Lithe' is the same as 'active'. You see it's like a portmanteau -- there are two meanings packed up into one word."

--Quote of the Day:Patriotism consists not in waving the flag, but in striving that our country shall be righteous as well as strong.
(James Bryce)

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