Sunday, April 18, 2010

Weekly Fortunes

( I took these fortunes from a poetry anthology from 1890. When I do fortunes from a book I use the ancient I-Ching type method of closing my eyes and letting Providence guide my to the right page and line for each sign.)

"Flying between the cold moon and the earth, Cupid all armed; a certain aim he took" - Shakespeare

"Sow thy seed and reap in gladness... Hope and hardship, joy and sadness. Slow the plant to ripeness lead." - John Sterling

"If a star were confined into a tomb, Her captive flames must needs burn there; But when the hand that locked her up gives room, She'll shine through all the sphere." - Henry Vaughn

"Hiveth she in loving thought, Tones that never thence depart, For she listens with her heart." - Laman Blanchard

"Does the road wind up-hill all the way? Yes to the very end. Will the day's journey take the whole long day? From morn to night, my friend." - Christina Georgina Rossetti

"Roll on, thou deep and dark blue Ocean - roll!" - Lord Byron

"Your presence inspiring, your silent, upward call! Above us and yet of us, one heaven enfolds us all." - Lucy Larcom

"Who shall be fairest? Who shall be rarest? Who shall be first in the songs that we sing? She who is kindest When fortune is blindest, Bearing through winter the blossoms of spring!" - Charles Mackey

"People always fancy that we must becomw old to becomw wise; but in truth, as years advance, it is hard to keep ourselves as wise as we were." - Goethe

"And now the still stars make all heaven sightly" - Robert Lowell

"each sinful action, as sure as the night brings shade, Is sometime, somewhere, punished Tho' the hour be long delayed. I know that the soul is aided sometimes by the heart's unrest, And to grow means often to suffer; but whatever is, is best." - Anonymous

"Down in yon summer vale, Where the rill flows, Thus said a Nightingale To his loved Rose: "Though rich in pleasures Of song's sweet measures, vain were its melody, Rose, without thee." - Thomas Moore