Wednesday, July 23, 2014

rather in things done

"It is not in words
that I should wish my life to be distinguished,
but rather in things done." 
[Theseus to Oedipus in Sophocles' Oedipus at Colonus]

no old age for a man's anger

"There is no old age for a man's anger."

[Creon to Oedipus in Sophocles' Oedipus in Colonus]

Monday, July 21, 2014

sing, o barren one, who did not bear

"Sing, O barren one, who did not bear;
break forth into singing and cry aloud,
you who have not been in labor!
For the children of the desolate one will be more
than the children of her who is married," says the LORD...
Fear not, for you will not be ashamed;
be not confounded, for you will not be disgraced;
for you will forget the shame of your youth,
and the reproach of your widowhood you will remember no more.
For your Maker is your husband,
the LORD of hosts is his name;
and the Holy One of Israel is your Redeemer,
The God of the whole earth he is called.
For the LORD has called you
like a wife deserted and grieved in spirit,
like a wife of youth when she is cast off,
says your God.
For a brief moment I deserted you,
but with great compassion I will gather you.
In overflowing anger for a moment
I hid my face from you,
but with everlasting love I will have compassion on you,"
says the LORD, your Redeemer. 
[from Isaiah 54]

arctic swell

I shall have to try this in August. I jokes...

Saturday, July 19, 2014

i rest my weary soul in Thee

O Love that will not let me go
I rest my weary soul in Thee;
I give Thee back the life I owe,
That in Thine ocean depths its flow
May richer, fuller be.

nothing almost sees miracles but misery

"Nothing almost sees miracles
But misery."  
[Kent in King Lear, Act II, Scene 2]

Sunday, July 13, 2014

love, and be silent

George William Joy's Cordelia
"What shall Cordelia speak? Love, and be silent."

[Cordelia in Shakespeare's King Lear]

Saturday, July 12, 2014

you have overstepped your bounds

"O law! You would climb up into the kingdom of my conscience, and there reign and condemn me for sin, and would take from me the joy of my heart which I have by faith in Christ, and drive me to desperation, that I might be without hope. You have overstepped your bounds. Know your place! You are a guide for my behavior, but you are not Savior and Lord of my heart. For I am baptized, and through the Gospel am called to receive righteousness and eternal life…So trouble me not! For I will not allow you, so intolerable a tyrant and tormentor, to reign in my heart and conscience—for they are the seat and temple of Christ the Son of God, who is the king of righteousness and peace, and my most sweet savior and mediator. He shall keep my conscience joyful and quiet in the sound and pure doctrine of the Gospel, through the knowledge of this passive and heavenly righteousness." 
[Martin Luther]

this persuasion is not from him who calls you

"You were running well. Who hindered you from obeying the truth? This persuasion is not from him who calls you."  
[Galatians 5:7-8]

Thursday, July 10, 2014

well! I've got to dance.

"Since I'm a mere woman, no different from the others, well! I've got to dance." 
[the character Mathilde de La Mole in Stendhal's The Red and the Black]

Monday, July 07, 2014

beat at this gate

"O Lear, Lear, Lear!
(strikes his head)
Beat at this gate that let thy folly in
And thy dear judgment out!"
[King Lear in Shakespeare's King Lear, Act I, Scene 4]