July 29, 2009

The Schoolboy

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--Description: 19th C, Blake W., Children, Nature, Seasons--


I love to rise in a summer morn,
When the birds sing on every tree;
The distant huntsman winds his horn,
And the skylark sings with me:
O what sweet company!

But to go to school in a summer morn, —
O it drives all joy away!
Under a cruel eye outworn,
The little ones spend the day
In sighing and dismay.

Ah then at times I drooping sit,
And spend many an anxious hour;
Nor in my book can I take delight,
Nor sit in learning’s bower,
Worn through with the dreary shower.

How can the bird that is born for joy
Sit in a cage and sing?
How can a child, when fears annoy,
But droop his tender wing,
And forget his youthful spring!

O father and mother if buds are nipped,
And blossoms blown away;
And if the tender plants are stripped
Of their joy in the springing day,
By sorrow and care’s dismay, —

How shall the summer arise in joy,
Or the summer fruits appear?
Or how shall we gather what griefs destroy,
Or bless the mellowing year,
When the blasts of winter appear?

William Blake

--Did You Know: (28 November 1757 – 12 August 1827) Blake was an English poet, painter, and printmaker. Largely unrecognised during his lifetime, Blake is now considered a seminal figure in the history of both the poetry and visual arts of the Romantic Age. Blake claimed to experience visions throughout his life. They were often associated with beautiful religious themes and imagery, and therefore may have inspired him further with spiritual works and pursuits. Certainly, religious concepts and imagery figure centrally in Blake's works. God and Christianity constituted the intellectual centre of his writings, from which he drew inspiration.

--Word of the Day: effulgence\i-FUL-juhn(t)s\, noun:
1.The state of being bright and radiant; splendor; brilliance.
See the full Dictionary.com entry |See Synonyms on Thesaurus.com
Quotes:
The purity of his private character gave effulgence to his public virtues.
-"Congressman Henry Lee's Eulogy for George Washington", , December 4, 1908

--Quote of the Day: The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all true art and all science. He to whom this emotion is a stranger, who can no longer pause to wonder and stand rapt in awe, is as good as dead: his eyes are closed.
-Albert Einstein

--French Word of the Day: childhood (noun) l'enfance f;
in (his) early ~ dans sa prime enfance.
(eg) Il eut une enfance difficile à cause de l'alcoolisme de son père.
(transl) His childhood was difficult because his father was an alcoholic.

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