rags of heart (be not unite)

[… ] what did become   Of my heart when I first saw thee? I brought a heart into the room,   But from the room I carried none with me.          If it had gone to thee, I know Mine would have taught thine heart to show   More pity unto me; but Love, alas!   At one first blow did shiver it as glass. Yet nothing can to nothing fall,   Nor any place be empty quite; Therefore I think my breast hath all   Those pieces still, though they be not unite; And now, as broken glasses show A hundred…

reason your viceroy in me, me should defend

“On the other hand,” I said, “if there are any examples, in the speeches or actions of distinguished men, of endurance in the face of everything, then these are models for our guardians to observe and listen to. For example:  He smote his chest, and thus rebuked his heart.  ‘Bear up, my heart. You have borne yet worse than this.’  “Yes, those are unquestionably the right models,” he said.  -Plato, The Republic, Book III, 390; quoting the Odyssey, 20.17-18 +++ Heart, my heart, so battered with misfortune far beyond your strength, up, and face the men who hate us. Bare your chest…

two-hearted

+++ Heart, my heart, so battered with misfortune far beyond your strength, up, and face the men who hate us. Bare your chest to the assault of the enemy, and fight them off. Stand fast among the beamlike spears. Give no ground; and if you beat them, do not brag in open show, nor, if they beat you, run home and lie down on your bed and cry. Keep some measure in the joy you take in luck, and the degree you give way to sorrow. All our life is up-and-down like this. -Arkhilokhos 67, trans. R. Lattimore +++ Batter my…

twin compasses are two

+++ He took the golden compasses, preparedIn God’s eternal store, to circumscribe This universe, and all created things: One foot he centered, and the other turned Round through the vast profundity obscure; And said, Thus far extend, thus far thy bounds, This be thy just circumference, O world, Thus God the Heaven created, thus the earth, Matter unformed and void: Darkness profound Covered the abyss: but on the watery calm His brooding wings the spirit of God outspread, And vital virtue infused, and vital warmth Throughout the fluid mass; but downward purged The black tartareous cold infernal dregs, Adverse to…

Knock, breathe, shine

+++ Batter my heart, three person’d God; for, you   As yet but knock, breathe, shine, and seek to mend;   That I may rise, and stand, o’erthrow me, and bend   Your force, to break, blow, burn and make me new.   I, like an usurpt town, to another due,          Labour to admit you, but Oh, to no end,   Reason your viceroy in me, me should defend,   But is captiv’d, and proves weak or untrue.   Yet dearely I love you, and would be loved fain,   But am betroth’d unto your enemy:…

To teach the sea what it may do

+++ A VALEDICTION: OF WEEPING by John Donne  Let me pour forth My tears before thy face, whilst I stay here, For thy face coins them, and thy stamp they bear, And by this mintage they are something worth,          For thus they be          Pregnant of thee; Fruits of much grief they are, emblems of more, When a tear falls, that thou falls which it bore, So thou and I are nothing then, when on a diverse shore.          On a round ball A workman that hath copies by, can lay An Europe, Afric, and an Asia, And quickly make that, which…