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Poem for Monday


The Definition of Love
By Andrew Marvell


My Love is of a birth as rare
As 'tis for object strange and high:
It was begotten by Despair
Upon Impossibility.

Magnanimous Despair alone
Could show me so divine a thing,
Where feeble Hope could ne'er have flown
But vainly flapped its Tinsel wing.

And yet I quickly might arrive
Where my extended soul is fixt,
But Fate does iron wedges drive,
And always crowds itself betwixt.

For Fate with jealous eye does see
Two perfect Loves; nor lets them close:
Their union would her ruin be,
And her tyrannic power depose.

And therefore her decrees of steel
Us as the distant Poles have placed,
(Though Love's whole World on us doth wheel)
Not by themselves to be embraced.

Unless the giddy Heaven fall,
And Earth some new convulsion tear;
And, us to join, the World should all
Be cramped into a planisphere.

As lines so Loves oblique may well
Themselves in every angle greet:
But ours so truly parallel,
Though infinite can never meet.

Therefore the Love which us doth bind,
But Fate so enviously debars,
Is the conjunction of the Mind,
And opposition of the Stars.

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Orthodontist this morning. Hopefully finishing up editing Lupin/Snape 6 this afternoon. Right now it's 98% angst-free PWP with mostly happy!Snape. Will you all forgive us if we promise that part seven has plenty of angst? Am meeting my mother with the kids for lunch and she is taking them to Shrek 2 again. Also, since the orthodontist is in the mall, maybe I will look at Hornblower books.

My SCA clothing style, if I was currently involved with SCA:

You Are Middle Eastern!
You Are Middle Eastern! You shun European clothing
and customs as marks of the Infidels. Either
that, or you live in the West Kingdom and it's
more of a necessity to cope with the summer
heat than it is anything else... Still,
there's lots of cool stuff about the various
cultures of the Middle East during the scope of
the SCA that attracts you to this persona.
From the music, to dance, to the food, you've
got it all!
What Is Your SCA Clothing Style?
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