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All Day I Hear The Noise Of Waters

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All day I hear the noise of waters
Making moan,
Sad as the sea-bird is when, going
Forth alone,
He hears the winds cry to the water’s
Monotone.

The grey winds, the cold winds are blowing
Where I go.
I hear the noise of many waters
Far below.
All day, all night, I hear them flowing
To and fro.

 

– James Joyce

 

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Sleep Now, O Sleep Now

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Sleep now, O sleep now,
O you unquiet heart!
A voice crying “Sleep now”
Is heard in my heart.

The voice of the winter
Is heard at the door.
O sleep, for the winter
Is crying “Sleep no more.”

My kiss will give peace now
And quiet to your heart — –
Sleep on in peace now,
O you unquiet heart!

 

– James Joyce

 

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Night Piece

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Gaunt in gloom,
The pale stars their torches,
Enshrouded, wave.
Ghostfires from heaven’s far verges faint illume,
Arches on soaring arches,
Night’s sindark nave.

Seraphim,
The lost hosts awaken
To service till
In moonless gloom each lapses muted, dim,
Raised when she has and shaken
Her thurible.

And long and loud,
To night’s nave upsoaring,
A starknell tolls
As the bleak incense surges, cloud on cloud,
Voidward from the adoring
Waste of souls.

 

– James Joyce

 

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Rain Has Fallen All The Day

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Rain has fallen all the day.
O come among the laden trees:
The leaves lie thick upon the way
Of memories.

Staying a little by the way
Of memories shall we depart.
Come, my beloved, where I may
Speak to your heart.

 

– James Joyce

 

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2nd February – On This Day In History

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Born:

1882 James Joyce (novelist and poet)

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Died:

1907 Dmitri Mendeleev (original constructor of the Periodic Table)

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On This Day:

1920 Estonia declares independence (from Russia)

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Have a good Friday, 2nd February

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In The Dark Pine-Wood

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In the dark pine-wood
I would we lay,
In deep cool shadow
At noon of day.

How sweet to lie there,
Sweet to kiss,
Where the great pine-forest
Enaisled is!

Thy kiss descending
Sweeter were
With a soft tumult
Of thy hair.

O unto the pine-wood
At noon of day
Come with me now,
Sweet love, away.

 

– James Joyce

 

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2nd February – On This Day In History

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Born:

1882 James Joyce (novelist – Ulysses)

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Died:

1979 Sid Vicious (musician – Sex Pistols)

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On This Day:

1920 Estonia declares its independence (from Russia)

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Have a good Thursday, 2nd February

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2nd February – On This Day In History

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Born:

1882 James Joyce (novelist and poet)

NPG P435; James Joyce by GisËle Freund

 

Died:

1979 Sid Vicious (rocker)

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On This Day:

1967 Bolivia adopts its constitution

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Have a good Tuesday, 2nd February

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13th January – On This Day In History

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Born:

1966 Patrick Dempsey (actor)

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Died:

1941 James Joyce (author)

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On This Day:

1794 US Congress changes the flag to 15 stars and 15 stripes

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Have a good Wednesday, 13th January

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