September 28, 2010

A Charm

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 --Description: 2, Kipling R., Encouragement, Nature, Patriotism-- 

Take of english earth as much
as either hand may rightly clutch.
In the taking of it breathe
prayer for all who lie beneath.
Not the great nor well-bespoke,
but the mere uncounted folk
of whose life and death is none
report or lamentation.
Lay that earth upon thy heart,
and thy sickness shall depart!

It shall sweeten and make whole
fevered breath and festered soul.
It shall mightily restrain
over-busied hand and brain.
It shall ease thy mortal strife
'gainst the immortal woe of life,
till thyself, restored, shall prove
by what grace the Heavens do move.

Take of english flowers these —
spring's full-vaced primroses,
summer's wild wide-hearted rose,
autumn's wall-flower of the close,
and, thy darkness to illume,
winter's bee-thronged ivy-bloom.
Seek and serve them where they bide
from candlemas to christmas-tide,
for these simples, used aright,
can restore a failing sight.

These shall cleanse and purify
webbed and inward-turning eye;
these shall show thee treasure hid,
thy familiar fields amid;
and reveal (which is thy need)
every man a king indeed!

Rudyard Kipling

--Did You Know: (30 December 1865 – 18 January 1936) Kipling was a British author and poet. Born in Bombay, in British India, he is best known for his works of fiction The Jungle Book (1894) (a collection of stories which includes Rikki-Tikki-Tavi), Kim (1901) (a tale of adventure), many short stories, including The Man Who Would Be King (1888); and his poems, including Mandalay (1890), Gunga Din (1890), and If— (1910). He is regarded as a major "innovator in the art of the short story"; his children's books are enduring classics of children's literature; and his best works speak to a versatile and luminous narrative gift. Kipling was one of the most popular writers in English, in both prose and verse, in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. The author Henry James said of him: "Kipling strikes me personally as the most complete man of genius (as distinct from fine intelligence) that I have ever known." In 1907, he was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature, making him the first English language writer to receive the prize, and to date he remains its youngest recipient. Among other honours, he was sounded out for the British Poet Laureateship and on several occasions for a knighthood, all of which he declined. Read more at: Rudyard Kipling

--Word of the Day: fractious \FRAK-shuhs\, adjective:
1. Tending to cause trouble; unruly.
2. Irritable; snappish; cranky.
In Marshall's case, the experience of dealing with a clamorous band of younger siblings, earning their affection and respect while holding them to their tasks, proved remarkably useful in later years when dealing with fractious colleagues jealous of their prerogatives.
-- Jean Edward Smith, John Marshall: Definer of a Nation

--Quote of the Day: "Growth takes place in a person by working at a deep inner level in a sustained atmosphere of silence."
-- Dr. Ira Progoff

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