June 14, 2009

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Enjoy your charming Sunday serenade.

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--Description: 20th C, Wilde O., Love, Death--


A RING of gold and a milk-white dove
Are goodly gifts for thee,
And a hempen rope for your own love
To hang upon a tree.

For you a House of Ivory
(Roses are white in the rose-bower)!
A narrow bed for me to lie
(White, O white, is the hemlock flower)!

Myrtle and jessamine for you
(O the red rose is fair to see)!
For me the cypress and the rue
(Fairest of all is rose-mary)!

For you three lovers of your hand
(Green grass where a man lies dead)!
For me three paces on the sand
(Plant lilies at my head)!


Oscar Wilde


--Did You Know: While at Magdalen College, Wilde became particularly well known for his role in the aesthetic and decadent movements. He began wearing his hair long and openly scorning so-called "manly" sports, and began decorating his rooms with peacock feathers, lilies, sunflowers, blue china and other objets d'art.

--Word of the Day: afflatus \uh-FLAY-tuhs\, noun:
Meaning: A divine imparting of knowledge; inspiration.
Example: Whatever happened to passion and vision and the divine afflatus in poetry?
-Clive Hicks, "From 'Green Man' (Ronsdale)", Toronto Star, November 21, 1999

--Quote of the Day: "Manners are of more importance than laws. Manners are what vex or soothe, corrupt or purify, exalt or debase, barbarize or refine us, by a constant, steady, uniform, insensible operation, like that of the air we breathe in."
-Edmund Burke

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