April 7, 2009

Shakespeare's Kingdom

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charm and inspire your busy day.


--Description: 20th C, Noyes A., Music, Shakespeare--


When Shakespeare came to London
He met no shouting throngs;
He carried in his knapsack
A scroll of quiet songs.

No proud heraldic trumpet
Acclaimed him on his way;
Their court and camp have perished;
The songs live on for ay.

Nobody saw or heard them,
But, all around him there,
Spirits of light and music
Went treading the April air.

He passed like any pedlar,
Yet he had wealth untold.
The galleons of th' armada
Could not contain his gold.

The kings rode on to darkness.
In England's conquering hour,
Unseen arrived her splendour;
Unknown, her conquering power.



--Did You Know:  At 21 years of age, Noyes published his first collection of poems, The Loom Years. From 1903 to 1908, Noyes published five volumes of poetry books, including The Forest of Wild Thyme and The Flower of Old Japan and Other Poems.

--Word of the Day
: roborant (ROB-uhr-uhnt), adjective or noun

Meaning: Strengthening. A tonic.
Example: "'A roborant against the night air, dear fellow,' Renzi whispered, proffering hot negus*."
* negus: a drink made of wine, hot water, sugar, nutmeg, and lemon, named after Colonel Francis Negus who invented it.
(Julian Stockwin; The Admiral's Daughter; McBooks Press; 2007.)


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