Thursday, 23 April 2009

Oh England, My Lionheart

Milton! thou shouldst be living at this hour: England hath need of thee: she is a fen Of stagnant waters: altar, sword, and pen, Fireside, the heroic wealth of hall and bower, Have forfeited their ancient English dower Of inward happiness. We are selfish men; Oh! raise us up, return to us again; And give us manners, virtue, freedom, power. Thy soul was like a Star, and dwelt apart: Thou hadst a voice whose sound was like the sea: Pure as the naked heavens, majestic, free, So didst thou travel on life's common way, In cheerful godliness; and yet the heart The lowliest duties on herself did lay. William Wordsworth

The air is soft and delicious. The men are sensible and intelligent. Many of them are learned. They know their classics, and so accurately that I have lost little in not going to Italy. The English girls are divinely pretty and they have one custom which cannot be too much admired. When you go anywhere on a visit, the girls kiss you. They kiss you when you arrive. They kiss you when you go away. They kiss you when you return. Once you have tasted how soft and fragrant those lips are, you could spend your life there. Desiderius Erasmus

Heaven take thy soul, and England keep my bones! William Shakespeare

Happy birthday to Bill the Bard (no not Billy Bragg, Frances) and Happy St George's Day to one and all!


Gumbo Lily said...

Happy Day to one and all, England!


Anonymous said...

Happy yesterday xx

Left-Handed Housewife said...

Wouldn't it be a happy coincidence if both our Bills were born on the same day? Ah, but that would be too much to celebrate in twenty-four hours ... we'd swoon from the sheer poetry of it all.

Happy St. George's Day right back at ya!