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A Poem by Lord Byron

For school right now we are studying the poetry of Lord Byron, and as I was reading a few today, I came across this one. I think it’s pretty good, particularly the reference to harps 🙂 To those of you who don’t know, I have bought a harp, though it is still in the making. Today I’ll start sanding the soundbox, if I have time. I hope to have it finished soon, so I can start learning how to play it.

Anyway, this is the poem I read:

My Soul is Dark (from Hebrew Melodies)

My soul is dark–Oh! quickly string
The harp I yet can brook to hear;
And let thy gentle fingers fling
Its melting murmurs o’er mine ear.
If in this heart a hope be dear,
That sound shall charm it forth again:
If in these eyes there lurk a tear,
‘Twill flow, and cease to burn my brain.

But bid the strain be wild and deep,
Nor let thy notes of joy be first;
I tell thee, minstrel, I must weep,
Or else this heavy heart will burst;
For it hath been by sorrow nursed,
And ached in sleepless silence long;
And now ’tis doom’d to know the worst,
And break at once–or yield to song.

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The other day as I was browsing The Common Room, I came across a post by Pipsqueak, about the books she had read in March. Among them was a new book by Lemony Snicket, titled “Horseradish: Bitter Truths You Can’t Avoid”. It sounded interesting, so I went to the library and read it myself. For the most part, the tidbits in it are funny, and this is one that I found particularly amusing:

“Of all the ridiculous expressions people use – and people use a great many ridiculous expressions – one of the most ridiculous is “No news is good news.” “No news is good news” simply means that if you don’t hear from someone, everything is probably fine, and you can see at once why that expression makes such little sense, because everything being fine is only one of the many, many reasons why someone may not contact you. Perhaps they are tied up. Maybe they are surrounded by fierce weasels, or perhaps they are wedged tightly between two refrigerators and cannot get themselves out. The expression might well be changed to “No news is bad news,” except that people may not be able to contact you because they have just been crowned king or are competing in a gymnastics tournament. The point is that there is no way to know why someone has not contacted you, until thy contact you and explain themselves. For this reason, they sensible expression would be “No news is no news,” except that it is so obvious it is hardly an expression at all.”

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Now go to your local library, and read the book for yourself. There’s a whole lot more interesting things in there, some maybe even funnier. If your library doesn’t have it, shame on them!

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