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18th January – On This Day In History

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Born:

1882 AA Milne (author of Winnie – the – Pooh)

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Died:

1677 Jan Van Riebeek (founder of Dutch Cape Colony at Cape Town)

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On This Day:

2005 The A380, the world’s largest commercial airliner, is unveiled by Airbus in France

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The Levelled Churchyard

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“O passenger, pray list and catch
Our sighs and piteous groans,
Half stifled in this jumbled patch
Of wrenched memorial stones!

“We late-lamented, resting here,
Are mixed to human jam,
And each to each exclaims in fear,
‘I know not which I am!’

“The wicked people have annexed
The verses on the good;
A roaring drunkard sports the text
Teetotal Tommy should!

“Where we are huddled none can trace,
And if our names remain,
They pave some path or p-ing place
Where we have never lain!

“There’s not a modest maiden elf
But dreads the final Trumpet,
Lest half of her should rise herself,
And half some local strumpet!

“From restorations of Thy fane,
From smoothings of Thy sward,
From zealous Churchmen’s pick and plane
Deliver us O Lord! Amen!”

 

– Thomas Hardy

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17th January – On This Day In History

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Born:

1706 Benjamin Franklin (US Founding Father, inventor, writer)

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Died:

2008 Bob Fischer (chess champion)

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On This Day:

1852 Britain recognises the independence of the Transvaal Republic ( part of South Africa)

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The Garden Seat

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Its former green is blue and thin,
And its once firm legs sink in and in;
Soon it will break down unaware,
Soon it will break down unaware.

At night when reddest flowers are black
Those who once sat thereon come back;
Quite a row of them sitting there,
Quite a row of them sitting there.

With them the seat does not break down,
Nor winter freeze them, nor floods drown,
For they are as light as upper air,
They are as light as upper air!

 

– Thomas Hardy

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She Hears The Storm

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There was a time in former years-
While my roof-tree was his-
When I should have been distressed by fears
At such a night as this!

I should have murmured anxiously,
‘The prickling rain strikes cold;
His road is bare of hedge or tree,
And he is getting old.’

But now the fitful chimney-roar,
The drone of Thorncombe trees,
The Froom in flood upon the moor,
The mud of Mellstock Leaze,

The candle slanting sooty-wick’d,
The thuds upon the thatch,
The eaves drops on the window flicked,
The clanking garden-hatch,

And what they mean to wayfarers,
I scarcely heed or mind;
He has won that storm-tight roof of hers
Which Earth grants all her kind.

 

– Thomas Hardy

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O'Connor, James Arthur, 1792-1841; The Edge of a Forest, Storm Coming On

At Moonrise And Onwards

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I thought you a fire
On Heron-Plantation Hill,
Dealing out mischief the most dire
To the chattels of men of hire
There in their vill.

But by and by
You turned a yellow-green,
Like a large glow-worm in the sky;
And then I could descry
Your mood and mien.

How well I know
Your furtive feminine shape!
As if reluctantly you show
You nude of cloud, and but by favour throw
Aside its drape . . .

-How many a year
Have you kept pace with me,
Wan Woman of the waste up there,
Behind a hedge, or the bare
Bough of a tree!

No novelty are you,
O Lady of all my time,
Veering unbid into my view
Whether I near Death’s mew,
Or Life’s top cyme!

 

– Thomas Hardy

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14th January – On This Day In History

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Born:

83 BC Mark Anthony (Roman General and leader)

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Died:

1898 Lewis Carroll (author – Alice In Wonderland)

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On This Day:

1690 The clarinet is invented (in Nurnberg, Germany)

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