No Comment, Quotation — April 11, 2010, 7:28 am

Hardy – Lines to a Movement

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Show me again the time
When in the Junetide’s prime
We flew by meads and mountains northerly! -
Yea, to such freshness, fairness, fulness, fineness, freeness,
Love lures life on.

Show me again the day
When from the sandy bay
We looked together upon the pestered sea! -
Yea, to such surging, swaying, sighing, swelling, shrinking,
Love lures life on.

Show me again the hour
When by the pinnacled tower
We eyed each other and feared futurity! -
Yea, to such bodings, broodings, beatings, blanchings, blessings,
Love lures life on.

Show me again just this:
The moment of that kiss
Away from the prancing folk, by the strawberry-tree! -
Yea, to such rashness, ratheness, rareness, ripeness, richness,
Love lures life on.

Thomas Hardy, Lines to a Movement in Mozart’s E-Flat Symphony (1898) first published in Moments of Vision (1917)

Listen to Mozart’s Symphony No. 39 in E Flat Major in a performance by Herbert von Karajan and the Berlin Philharmonic

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