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Happy Solstice!

To all the pagans and Spinozans and lovers of creation:

To persons standing alone on a hill during a clear midnight such as this, the roll of the world eastward is almost a palpable movement. The sensation may be caused by the panoramic glide of the stars past earthly objects, which is perceptible in a few minutes of stillness, or by the better outlook upon space that a hill affords, or by the wind, or by the solitude; but whatever be its origin the impression of riding along is vivid and abiding. The poetry of motion is a phrase much in use, and to enjoy the epic form of that gratification it is necessary to stand on a hill at a small hour of the night, and, having first expanded with a sense of difference from the mass of civilized mankind, who are dreamwrapt and disregardful of all such proceedings at this time, long and quietly watch your stately progress through the stars. After such a nocturnal reconnoitre it is hard to get back to earth, and to believe that the consciousness of such majestic speeding is derived from a tiny human frame.

Thomas Hardy, Far From the Madding Crowd

6 Responses

  1. An Oiche (The Night):
    Traditional Irish Text

    Do you remember that night
    When you were at the window
    Without a covering on you?
    I gave my hand to you and
    You clasped it to you
    Without a covering on you?
    And the lark spoke.
    My love, come to me some night.
    Do you remember that night,
    And the night was so cold.

  2. @RD off topic, but just wondering if you ever spend time on the Tolkien Professor website? Enjoyable lectures/ classes on LOTR and Tolkien’s other works. Good fun on a winter night.

    https://mythgard.org/academy/fellowship-of-the-ring/

    • Centaur, I used to be a regular listener of The Tolkien Professor podcast and learned so much about all the background of the Lord of the Rings and the Silmarillion.
      I might have to check him out again. My secret desire is to have a pub like the Bird and Baby where a group like the Inklings meet on a cold wintery night to read each other stories.
      Thanks for the reminder.

  3. Baka garlands! 😛

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