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13th November – On This Day In History

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Born:

1955 Whoopi Goldberg (actress & comedian)

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Died:

1973 Elsa Schiaparelli (fashion designer)

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On This Day:

2015 ISIS terror attacks in Paris kill 129

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Have a good Tuesday, 13th November

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At A Vatican Exercise (An Excerpt)

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The Latin speeches ended, the English thus began
Hail native language, that by sinews weak
Didst move my first endeavouring tongue to speak,
And mad’st imperfect words with childish trips,
Half unpronounc’d, slide through my infant lips,
Driving dumb Silence from the portal door,
Where he had mutely sate two years before:
Here I salute thee and thy pardon ask,
That now I use thee in my latter task:
Small loss it is that thence can come unto thee,
I know my tongue but little grace can do thee:
Thou needst not be ambitious to be first,
Believe me I have thither pack’d the worst:
And, if it happen as I did forecast,
The daintest dishes shall be serv’d up last.
I pray thee then deny me not thy aid
For this same small neglect that I have made:
But haste thee straight to do me once a pleasure,
And from thy wardrobe bring thy chiefest treasure;
Not those new-fangled toys, and trimming slight
Which takes our late fantastics with delight,
But cull those richest robes, and gay’st attire
Which deepest spirits, and choicest wits desire.
I have some naked thoughts that rove about
And loudly knock to have their passage out;
And weary of their place do only stay
Till thou hast deck’d them in thy best array;
That so they may without suspect or fears
Fly swiftly to this fair assembly’s ears.
Yet I had rather, if I were to choose,
Thy service in some graver subject use,
Such as may make thee search thy coffers round,
Before thou clothe my fancy in fit sound:
Such where the deep transported mind may soar
Above the wheeling poles, and at heav’n’s door
Look in, and see each blissful deity
How he before the thunderous throne doth lie,
Listening to what unshorn Apollo sings
To th’touch of golden wires, while Hebe brings
Immortal nectar to her kingly sire;
Then passing through the spheres of watchful fire,
And misty regions of wide air next under,
And hills of snow and lofts of piled thunder,
May tell at length how green-ey’d Neptune raves,
In heav’n’s defiance mustering all his waves;
Then sing of secret things that came to pass
When beldam Nature in her cradle was;
And last of kings and queens and heroes old,
Such as the wise Demodocus once told
In solemn songs at king Alcinous’ feast,
While sad Ulysses’ soul and all the rest
Are held with his melodious harmony
In willing chains and sweet captivity.

 

– John Milton

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To Mr Lawrence

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Lawrence, of virtuous father virtuous son,
Now that the fields are dank, and ways are mire,
Where shall we sometimes meet, and by the fire
Help waste a sullen day, what may be won
From the hard season gaining? Time will run
On smoother, till Favonius reinspire
The frozen earth, and clothe in fresh attire
The lily and rose, that neither sowed nor spun.
What neat repast shall feast us, light and choice,
Of Attic taste, with wine, whence we may rise
To hear the lute well touched, or artful voice
Warble immortal notes and Tuscan air?
He who of those delights can judge, and spare
To interpose them oft, is not unwise.

 

– John Milton

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7th November – On This Day In History

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Born:

1867 Marie Curie (discovered radium, Nobel Prize winner)

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Died:

2016 Leonard Cohen (singer & song writer) 

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On This Day:

1951 Jordan passes its constitution 

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Have a good Wednesday, 7th November

6th November – On This Day In History

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Born:

1970 Ethan Hawke (actor – Dead Poets Society)

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Died:

1893 Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (composer – Swan Lake)

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On This Day:

1844 Dominican Republic granted independence (by Spain)

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Have a good Tuesday, 6th November

4th November – On This Day In History

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Born:

1916 Walter Cronkite (broadcast journalist) 

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Died:

1847 Felix Mendelssohn (pianist and composer)

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On This Day:

1875 Tonga adopts its constitution

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Have a good Sunday, 4th November

3rd November – On This Day In History

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Born:

1949 Larry Holmes (boxer) 

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Died:

1954 Henri Matisse (painter and sculptor) 

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On This Day:

1918 Poland declares independence (from Russia)

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Have a good Saturday, 3rd November