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The Mystic Sea

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The smell of the sea in my nostrils,
The sound of the sea in mine ears;
The touch of the spray on my burning face,
Like the mist of reluctant tears.

The blue of the sky above me,
The green of the waves beneath;
The sun flashing down on a gray-white sail
Like a scimitar from its sheath.

And ever the breaking billows,
And ever the rocks’ disdain;
And ever a thrill in mine inmost heart
That my reason cannot explain.

So I say to my heart, ‘Be silent,
The mystery of time is here;
Death’s way will be plain when we fathom the main,
And the secret of life be clear.’

 

– Paul Laurence Dunbar

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The Delinquent

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Goo’-by, Jinks, I got to hump,
Got to mek dis pony jump;
See dat sun a-goin’ down
‘N’ me a-foolin’ hyeah in town!
Git up, Suke — go long!
Guess Mirandy’ll think I’s tight,
Me not home an’ comin’ on night.
What’s dat stan’in’ by de fence?
Pshaw! why don’t I lu’n some sense?
Git up, Suke — go long!
Guess I spent down dah at Jinks’
Mos’ a dollah fur de drinks.
Bless yo’r soul, you see dat star?
Lawd, but won’t Mirandy rar?
Git up, Suke — go long!
Went dis mo’nin’, hyeah it’s night,
Dab’s de cabin dah in sight.
Who’s dat stan’in’ in de do’?
Dat must be Mirandy, sho’,
Git up, Suke — go long!
Got de close-stick in huh han’,
Dat look funny, goodness lan’,
Sakes alibe, but she look glum!
Hyeah, Mirandy, hyeah I come!
Git up, Suke — go long!
Ef ‘t hadn’t a be’n fur you, you slow ole fool,
I’d a’ be’n home long fo’ now!

 

– Paul Laurence Dunbar

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22nd June – On This Day In History

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Born:

1932 Prunella Scales (actress – Fawlty Towers)

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Died:

1987 Fred Astaire (actor & dancer)

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On This Day:

1874 Lawn tennis introduced

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Have a good Thursday, 22nd June

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21st June – On This Day In History

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Born:

1982 Prince William (Duke of Cambridge) 

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Died:

2003 Leon Uris (author)

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On This Day:

1788 US Constitution comes into effect

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Have a good Wednesday, 21st June

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20th June – On This Day In History

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Born:

1909 Errol Flynn (actor)

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Died:

1947 Bugsy Siegel (gangster and one of the creators of casinos in Las Vegas)

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On This Day:

1863 West Virginia becomes 35th State of the USA

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Have a good Tuesday, 20th June

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19th June – On This Day In History

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Born:

1962 Paula Abdul (singer & songwriter)

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Died:

1937 JM Barrie (author – Peter Pan)

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On This Day:

1829 London Metropolitan Police founded (by Robert Peel)

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Have a good Monday, 19th June

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17th June – On This Day In History

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Born:

1943 Barry Manilow (singer)

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Died:

2012 Rodney King (victim of police violence)

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On This Day:

1885 Statue of Liberty arrives in New York City

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Have a good Saturday, 17th June

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