Great lords, wise men ne’er sit and wail their loss, But cheerly seek how to redress their harms. What though the mast be now blown overboard, The cable broke, the holding-anchor lost, And half our sailors swallow’d in the flood? –Queen Margaret, from Shakespeare’s Henry VI Episode the Third Handling Water, Music or Slip slidin’ ..
Go and catch a falling star Get with child a mandrake root Tell me where all the past years are Or who cleft the devil’s foot Teach me to hear mermaids singing Or to keep off envy’s stinging –John Donne, 1572-1631 Episode the Fourth See how the mighty have fallen or Musick for Horns and ..
Some men there be which like my method well And much commend the strangeness of my vein; Some say I have a passing pleasing strain; Some say that in my humour I excel; Some, who not kindly relish my conceit, They say, as poets do, I use to feign, And in bare words paint out ..
The golden Sun in splendor likest Heaven Allur’d his eye: Thither his course he bends Through the calm Firmament; but up or downe By center, or eccentric, hard to tell, Or Longitude, where the great Luminarie Alooff the vulgar Constellations thick, That from his Lordly eye keep distance due, Dispenses Light from farr; —Paradise Lost: ..
Dread not the shackles; on with thine intent, Good wits get more fame by their punishment. –Robert Herrick (1591-1674) Episode the First A Primer for Those Who Might One Day Have the Opportunity Master Goliard meets The Texas Renaissance Festival or A wearied pilgrim I have wander’d here. I’m dreaming of a brisk autumn day ..
Thus ill bestedd, and fearefull more of shame, Then of the certaine perill he stood in, Halfe furious vnto his foe he came, Resolv’d in minde all suddenly to win. –Edmund Spenser (1552?-1599) Episode the Second Not Every Thyng is Meet and Good or Thongs and Hairy Buttocks. Saturday, 12 October 2002 7:10am Thank God–‘the ..