Friday, December 30, 2016



When icicles hang by the wall,
___ And Dick the shepherd blows his nail,
And Tom bears logs into the hall,
___ And milk comes frozen home in pail,
When blood is nipped, and ways be foul,
Then nightly sings the staring owl,
________ To-whoo;
To-whit, to-whoo, a merry note,
While greasy Joan doth keel the pot.


When all aloud the wind doth blow,
___ And coughing drowns the parson’s saw,
And birds sit brooding in the snow,
___ And Marian’s nose looks red and raw,
When roasted crabs hiss in the bowl,
Then nightly sings the staring owl,
________ To-whoo;
To-whit, to-whoo, a merry note,
While greasy Joan doth keel the pot.

~ William Shakespeare (1564–1616)

From “Love’s Labor ’s Lost,” Act V. Sc. 2







4 comments:

  1. SPRING.

    When daisies pied, and violets blue,
    And lady-smocks all silver-white,
    And cuckoo-buds of yellow hue
    Do paint the meadows with delight,
    The cuckoo then on every tree
    Mocks married men; for thus sings he, “Cuckoo;
    Cuckoo, cuckoo”—O word of fear,
    Unpleasing to a married ear!

    When shepherds pipe on oaten straws,
    And merry larks are ploughmen’s clocks;
    When turtles tread, and rooks and daws,
    And maidens bleach their summer smocks,
    The cuckoo then on every tree
    Mocks married men; for thus sings he, “Cuckoo;
    Cuckoo, cuckoo”—O word of fear,
    Unpleasing to a married ear!


    ARM.
    The words of Mercury are harsh after the songs of Apollo. You that way; we this way.

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  2. I wish it weren't so, but this winter I'm dreading the snowfalls and the icicles.

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  3. Winter should be interesting this year. The Arctic is at record warms, pushing a strong cold vortex down into usually temperate climes. The Snow Birds flocked down here to Florida in big numbers and early this year. Traffic is horrible! I wonder what's in store. Scientifically speaking, this is very interesting stuff. There's nothing we can do about it at the moment, but for all those up North, better keep safe and warm this year.

    HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!

    JMJ

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