Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Daily Dose

From Daphnis and Chloe, by Longus, translated by Paul Turner

THERE ARE

"'There are, dear girl, several kinds of nymphs.'"

From Book Three, (23)

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Noble Manners

Daily Dose

From Gulliver's Travels, by Jonathan Swift

TRANSLATING HOUYHNHNM

"My only concern is, that I shall hardly be able to do justice to my master's arguments and expressions, which must needs suffer by my want of capacity, as well as by translation into our barbarous English."

From Chapter V

Monday, April 21, 2014

A Light Verse

Daily Dose

From Poems, by Emily Bronte

COME, WALK WITH ME

Come, walk with me,
There's only thee
To bless my spirit now -
We used to love on winter nights
To wander through the snow;
Can we not woo back old delights?
The clouds rush dark and wild
They fleck with shade our mountain heights
The same as long ago
And on the horizon rest at last
In looming masses piled;
While moonbeams flash and fly so fast
We scarce can say they smiled -

Come walk with me, come walk with me;
We were not once so few
But Death has stolen our company
As sunshine steals the dew -
He took them one by one and we
Are left the only two;
So closer would my feelings twine
Because they have no stay but thine -

'Nay call me not - it may not be
Is human love so true?
Can Friendship's flower droop on for years
And then revive anew?
No, though the soil be wet with tears,
How fair soe'er it grew
The vital sap once perished
Will never flow again
And surer than that dwelling dread,
The narrow dungeon of the dead
Time parts the hearts of men -'