August 23, 2010

Jenny Kissed Me

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--Description: 19th C, Hunt J.L., Friendship, Humor, Joy-- 

JENNY kiss'd me when we met,

Jumping from the chair she sat in;

Time, you thief, who love to get

Sweets into your list, put that in!

Say I'm weary, say I'm sad,

Say that health and wealth have miss'd me,

Say I'm growing old, but add,

Jenny kiss'd me.

Note: The Jenny in question was Jane Welsh Carlyle, wife of Thomas
Carlyle. Hunt had just recovered from an extended battle with influenza,
and when he went to tell the Carlyles the news, Jenny (in a very
uncharacteristic move) leaped up and kissed him.

James Leigh Hunt

--Did You Know: (19 October 1784 – 28 August 1859) Hunt was an English critic, essayist, poet and writer. Leigh Hunt was born at Southgate, London, where his parents had settled after leaving the USA. His father, a lawyer from Philadelphia, and his mother, a merchant's daughter and a devout Quaker, had been forced to come to Britain because of their loyalist sympathies during the American War of Independence. Hunt's father took holy orders, and became a popular preacher, but was unsuccessful in obtaining a permanent living. Hunt's father was then employed by James Brydges, 3rd Duke of Chandos as tutor to his nephew, James Henry Leigh, after whom Leigh Hunt was named. Read more at: James L.Hunt

--Word of the Day: vellicate \VEL-i-keyt\, verb:
1. To touch (a body part) lightly so as to excite the surface nerves and cause uneasiness, laughter, or spasmodic movements.
2. To irritate as if by a nip, pinch, or tear.
3. To move with spasmodic convulsions.
Thus, if you vellicate the throat with a feather, nausea is produced; if you wound it with a penknife, pain is induced, but not sickness.
-- Erasmus Darwin, Zoonomia, Volume 1

--Quote of the Day: A kiss without a hug is like a flower without the fragrance.

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