Friday, November 27, 2009

eternal sunshine of the spotless mind

what a week. ups, downs, highs, lows, hurt feelings, hours of laughter, liquor, turkey and cheesecake. things I'd like to forget and things I will always remember. Forever taken advantage of and always cared for. Someday, there will be much too much to be thankful for. As of now, I can only appreciate the basics. I'm ready to sleep but I'll leave a bit of a poem to ponder while I do...

How happy is the blameless Vestal's lot?
The world forgetting , by the world forgot.
Eternal sun-shine of the spotless mind!
Each pray'r accepted, and each wish resign'd;
Labour and rest, that equal periods keep;
'Obedient slumbers that can wake and weep';
Desires compos'd, affections ever even,
Tears that delight, and sighs that waft to heav'n.
Grace shines around her with serenest beams,
And whisp'ring Angels prompt her golden dreams.
For her the Spouse prepares the bridal ring,
For her white virgins Hymenaeals sing;
For her th'unfading rose of Eden blooms,
And wings of Seraphs shed divine perfumes;
To sounds of heav'nly harps she dies away,
And melts in visions of eternal day.
-Alexander Pope, "Eloisa to Abelard" 1716

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