August 18, 2011

A Nursery Darling

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--Description: 19th C, Carroll L., Childhood, Parenting--

A Mother's breast:
Safe refuge from her childish fears,
From childish troubles, childish tears,
Mists that enshroud her dawning years!
see how in sleep she seems to sing
A voiceless psalm--an offering
Raised, to the glory of her King
In Love: for Love is Rest.

A Darling's kiss:
Dearest of all the signs that fleet
From lips that lovingly repeat
Again, again, the message sweet!
Full to the brim with girlish glee,
A child, a very child is she,
Whose dream
of heaven is still to be
At Home: for Home is Bliss.


Lewis Carroll

--Did You Know: (27 January 1832 – 14 January 1898) Carroll (/ˈkærəl/) - born Charles Lutwidge Dodgeson - was an English author, mathematician, logician, Anglican deacon and photographer. His most famous writings are Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and its sequel Through the Looking-Glass as well as the poems "The Hunting of the Snark" and "Jabberwocky", all examples of the genre of literary nonsense. He is noted for his facility at word play, logic, and fantasy.The overwhelming commercial success of the first Alice book changed Dodgson's life in many ways. The fame of his alter ego "Lewis Carroll" soon spread around the world. He was inundated with fan mail and with sometimes unwanted attention. Indeed, according to one popular story that Dodgson denied decades later, Queen Victoria herself enjoyed Alice In Wonderland so much that she suggested he dedicate his next book to her, and was accordingly presented with his next work, a scholarly volume entitled An Elementary Treatise on Determinants. He also began earning quite substantial sums of money.

--Word of the Day: dalliance\DAL-ee-uhns, DAL-yuhns\ , noun:
1. Frivolous spending of time; dawdling.
2. Playful flirtation.
Quote:
Do not, as some ungracious pastors do,
Show me the steep and thorny way to heaven;
Whiles, like a puff’d and reckless libertine,
Himself the primrose path of dalliance treads,
And recks not his own rede.
-William Shakespeare, Hamlet

--Quote of the Day: "The test of literature is, I suppose, whether we ourselves live more intensely for the reading of it."
-Elizabeth Drew

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