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‘Fear No More’ – from ‘Cymbeline’ by Shakespeare

December 29, 2007

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‘Fear No More’ Fear no more the heat o’ the sun,Nor the furious winter’s rages;Thou thy worldly task hast done,Home art gone, and ta’en thy wages;Golden lads and girls all must,As chimney-sweepers, come to dust. Fear no more the frown o’ the great;Thou art past the tyrant’s stroke:Care no more to clothe and eat;To thee […]

New Year Resolutions

December 29, 2007

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The dawn of a new year is a time when we make new resolutions and have new dreams for the coming year. Often the resolutions are as easily broken as they were made.My resolutions for the year that is going to ring in:· Working hard towards making my blog a success· Earning signed cheques from […]

Wordsworth’s ‘Lines written in Early Spring’

December 26, 2007

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‘Lines written in Early Spring’ – the poem I heard a thousand blended notes, While in a grove I sate reclined, In that sweet mood when pleasant thoughts Bring sad thoughts to the mind. To her fair works did Nature link The human soul that through me ran; And much it grieved my heart to […]

‘Human Folly’ an extract from ‘Essay on Man’ by Alexander Pope

December 25, 2007

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‘Human Folly’ – the poem Whate’er the passions, knowledge, fame, or pelf,Not one will change is neighbour with himself.The learn’d is happy nature to explore,The fool is happy that he knows no more;The rich is happy in the plenty given,The poor contents him with the care of Heaven,See the blind beggar dance, the cripple singThe […]

Robert Herrick’s ‘To Daffodils’

December 24, 2007

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Fair daffodils, we weep to seeYou haste away so soon;As yet the early-rising sunHas not attain’d his noon.Stay, stayUntil the hasting dayHas runBut to the evensong;And, having pray’d together, weWill go with you along. We have short time to stay, as you,We have as short a spring;As quick a growth to meet decay,As you, or […]

The All-Revealing Speech

December 21, 2007

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(WITH SPECIAL REFERENCE TO THE SHAKESPEAREAN FOOL) Next time someone calls you a fool, don’t take it as an insult. Just remember the Shakespearean fool. He was a master of words. Some of his sayings were worth in gold. Whether it was Feste from ‘Twelfth Night’ mouthing: Those wits that think they have thee, do […]

‘When I Consider Life’ by John Dryden

December 20, 2007

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When I consider Life, ’tis all a cheat; Yet, fool’d with hope, men favour the deceit; Trust on, and think tomorrow will repay: Tomorrow’s falser than the former day; Lies worse; and while it says, We shall be blest With some new joys, cuts off what we possest. Strange couzenage! none would live past years […]