It's only words, and words are all I have
To take your heart away.
~ The Bee Gees
I go back to the reading room, where I sink down in the sofa and into the world of The Arabian Nights. Slowly, like a movie fadeout, the real world evaporates. I'm alone, inside the world of the story. My favourite feeling in the world.
~ Haruki Murakami
Photo: Jasmine and Aladdin take a magic carpet ride during the "A Whole New World" segment of Disney's Aladdin - A Musical Spectacular.
My Heart and Lute
by Thomas Moore (1779-1852)
I give thee all – I can no more –
Though poor the off'ring be;
My heart and lute are all the store
That I can bring to thee.
A lute whose gentle song reveals
The soul of love full well;
And, better far, a heart that feels
Much more than lute could tell.
Though love and song may fail, alas!
To keep life's clouds away,
At least 'twill make them lighter pass
Or gild them if they stay.
And ev'n if care, at moments, flings
A discord o'er life's happy strain,
Let Love but gently touch the strings,
'Twill all be sweet again!
Painting: The Lute Player by Hendrik Martensz Sorgh
She Dwelt Among The Untrodden Ways
by William Wordsworth (1770-1850)
She dwelt among the untrodden ways
Beside the springs of Dove,
A Maid whom there were none to praise
And very few to love:
A violet by a mossy stone
Half hidden from the eye!
– Fair as a star, when only one
Is shining in the sky.
She lived unknown, and few could know
When Lucy ceased to be;
But she is in her grave, and, oh,
The difference to me!
Painting: Girl By A Woodland Stream by Edgar Barclay
Come you masters of war
You that build all the guns
You that build the death planes
You that build the big bombs
You that hide behind walls
You that hide behind desks
I just want you to know
I can see through your masks.
~ Bob Dylan
Photo: Bob Dylan reading a copy of US News and World Report in 1962
They had on mantles with the hoods low down
Before their eyes, and fashioned of the cut
That in Cologne they for the monks are made.
Without, they gilded are so that it dazzles;
But inwardly all leaden and so heavy.
~ Dante Alighieri
Engraving: The Hypocrites by Gustave Doré - Illustrating Canto XXIII of Dante's Inferno
Oh heart! oh blood that freezes, blood that burns!
For whole centuries of folly, noise and sin!
Shut them in,
With their triumphs and their glories and the rest!
Love is best.
~ Robert Browning
Photo: Newly-wed Syrian couple have their wedding pictures taken amid the ruins in the war ravaged city of Homs on 5 February 2016.