Written On A Summer Evening

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The church bells toll a melancholy round,
Calling the people to some other prayers,
Some other gloominess, more dreadful cares,
More harkening to the sermon’s horrid sound.
Surely the mind of man is closely bound
In some blind spell: seeing that each one tears
Himself from fireside joys and Lydian airs,
And converse high of those with glory crowned.
Still, still they toll, and I should feel a damp,
A chill as from a tomb, did I not know
That they are dying like an outburnt lamp, –
That ’tis their sighing, wailing, ere they go
Into oblivion -that fresh flowers will grow,
And many glories of immortal stamp.

– John Keats

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16th July – On This Day In History

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Born:

1872 Roald Amundsen (Norwegian explorer, South Pole)

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Died:

2008 Jo Stafford (singer)

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On This Day:

1951 JD Salinger’s “Catcher in the Rye” published

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Have a good Thursday, 16th July

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Summer Stars

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Bend low again, night of summer stars.
So near you are, sky of summer stars,
So near, a long-arm man can pick off stars,
Pick off what he wants in the sky bowl,
So near you are, summer stars,
So near, strumming, strumming,
So lazy and hum-strumming.

– Carl Sandburg

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15th July – On This Day In History

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Born:

1606 Rembrandt van Rijn (Dutch painter)

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Died:

1997 Gianni Versace (designer) shot

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On This Day:

1856 Natal (South Africa) established as a separate British Colony from the Cape Colony

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Have a good Wednesday, 15th July

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Between The Dusk of a Summer Night

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Between the dusk of a summer night
And the dawn of a summer day,
We caught at a mood as it passed in flight,
And we bade it stoop and stay.
And what with the dawn of night began
With the dusk of day was done;
For that is the way of woman and man,
When a hazard has made them one.
Arc upon arc, from shade to shine,
The World went thundering free;
And what was his errand but hers and mine —
The lords of him, I and she?
O, it’s die we must, but it’s live we can,
And the marvel of earth and sun
Is all for the joy of woman and man
And the longing that makes them one.

– William Ernest Henley

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14th July – On This Day In History

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Born:

1918 Ingmar Bergman (director)

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Died:

1881 Billy The Kid (outlaw)

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On This Day:

1789 Citizens of Paris storm the Bastille PrisonĀ (Bastille Day)

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Have a good Tuesday, 14th July

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Before Summer Rain

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Suddenly, from all the green around you,
something-you don’t know what-has disappeared;
you feel it creeping closer to the window,
in total silence. From the nearby wood

you hear the urgent whistling of a plover,
reminding you of someone’s Saint Jerome:
so much solitude and passion come
from that one voice, whose fierce request the downpour

will grant. The walls, with their ancient portraits, glide
away from us, cautiously, as though
they weren’t supposed to hear what we are saying.

And reflected on the faded tapestries now;
the chill, uncertain sunlight of those long
childhood hours when you were so afraid.

– Rainer Maria Rilke

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