Today we turn the page.
All the best experiences of humanity, folded, saved, freighted to us here! Some of these tiny ships we call Old and New Testaments, Homer, Æschylus, Plato, Juvenal, etc. Precious Minims!
— Walt Whitman
Born this day in 1779, Thomas Moore.
Upon Byron’s death, Moore acquired all of Byron’s notes and letters. And promptly burned them.
Daily readings May 28
- As Slow Our Ship
- Believe Me, If All Those Endearing Young Charms
- The Lake of the Dismal Swamp
- Fly to the Desert with Me
- Canadian Boat Song
Believe Me, If All Those Enduring Young Charms
Believe me, if all those endearing young charms, Which I gaze on so fondly today, Were to change by tomorrow and fleet in my arms, Like fairy gifts fading away, Thou wouldst still be adored, as this moment thou art, Let thy loveliness fade as it will; And around the dear ruin each wish of my heart Would entwine itself verdantly still. It is not while beauty and youth are thine own, And thy cheeks unprofaned by a tear, That the fervor and faith of a soul can be known, To which time will but make thee more dear. No, the heart that has truly loved never forgets, But as truly loves on to the close As the sunflower turns on her God when he sets The same look which she turned when he rose.