May 16, 2009

The Angel

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May the charming words of this lovely poem inspire you today.

--Description: 19th C, Blake W., Angels--

I Dreamt a Dream! what can it mean?
And that I was a maiden Queen:
Guarded by an Angel mild:
Witless woe, was neer beguil'd!

And I wept both night and day
And he wip'd my tears away
And I wept both day and night
And hid from him my hearts delight

So he took his wings and fled:
Then the morn blush'd rosy red:
I dried my tears & arm'd my fears,
With ten thousand shields and spears.

Soon my Angel came again:
I was arm'd, he came in vain:
For the time of youth was fled
And grey hairs were on my head

William Blake

--Did You Know: William never attended school, and was educated at home by his mother.[13] The Blakes were Dissenters, and are believed to have belonged to the Moravian Church. The Bible was an early and profound influence on Blake, and would remain a source of inspiration throughout his life.

--Word of the Day: neologism \nee-OLL-uh-jiz-um\ , noun:
Meaning: 1. A new word or expression.
2. The use or creation of new words or expressions.
3. (Psychiatry) An invented, meaningless word used by a person with a psychiatric disorder.
4. (Theology) A new view or interpretation of a scripture.
Example: The word "civilization" was just coming into use in the 18th century, in French and in English, and conservative men of letters preferred to avoid it as a newfangled neologism.
(Larry Wolff, "If I Were Younger I Would Make Myself Russian': Voltaire's Encounter With the Czars", New York Times, November 13, 1994)

--Quote of the Day: The golden moments in the stream of life rush past us and we see nothing but sand; the angels come to visit us, and we only know them when they're gone.
(George Eliot)

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