Month: July 2015

Sonnet To Sleep

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O soft embalmer of the still midnight!
Shutting, with careful fingers and benign,
Our gloom-pleas’d eyes, embower’d from the light,
Enshaded in forgetfulness divine;
O soothest Sleep! if so it please thee, close,
In midst of this thine hymn, my willing eyes.
Or wait the Amen, ere thy poppy throws
Around my bed its lulling charities;
Then save me, or the passed day will shine
Upon my pillow, breeding many woes;
Save me from curious conscience, that still hoards
Its strength for darkness, burrowing like a mole;
Turn the key deftly in the oiled wards,
And seal the hushed casket of my soul.

– John Keats

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Woman Sleeping — Image by © Michael A. Keller/Corbis

4th July – On This Day In History

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Born:

1804 Nathaniel Hawthorne (author)

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Died:

1934 Marie Curie (physicist)

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On This Day:

1776 US Declaration of Independence (from Great Britain)

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Have a great Saturday, 4th July

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Song – I Had A Dove

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I had a dove, and the sweet dove died;
And I have thought it died of grieving:
O, what could it grieve for? its feet were tied
With a single thread of my own hand’s weaving;
Sweet little red feet, why should you die–
Why should you leave me, sweet bird, why?
You lived alone in the forest tree,
Why, pretty thing! would you not live with me?
I kiss’d you oft and gave you white peas;
Why not live sweetly, as in the green trees?

– John Keats

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Happy Friday

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Yippee – it’s Friday!

Have a fabulous weekend, everybody!

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3rd July – On This Day In History

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Born:

1962 Tom Cruise (actor)

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Died:

1971 Jim Morrison

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On This Day:

1608 City of Quebec founded

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Have a good Friday, 3rd of July

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Sonnet On The Sea

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It keeps eternal whisperings around
Desolate shores, and with its mighty swell
Gluts twice ten thousand caverns, till the spell
Of Hecate leaves them their old shadowy sound.
Often ’tis in such gentle temper found
That scarcely will the very smallest shell
Be mov’d for days from whence it sometime fell,
When last the winds of heaven were unbound.
Oh ye! who have your eye-balls vex’d and tir’d,
Feast them upon the wideness of the Sea;
Oh ye! whose ears are dinn’d with uproar rude,
Or fed too much with cloying melody,–
Sit ye near some old cavern’s mouth, and brood
Until ye start, as if the sea-nymphs quir’d!

– John Keats

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2nd July – On This Day In History

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Born:

1973 Peter Kay (comedian)

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Died:

1566 Nostradamus (astrologer and prophet)

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On This Day:

1937 Amelia Earhart and Fred Noonan disappear over the Pacific

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Have a good Thursday, 2nd July

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