Friday, October 11, 2013
Ages ago, they came down to
my college in New Jersey in
buses, too brilliant to be
trusted, too sharp to be re-
sisted. Not now. Theirs are
qualities that educate good
men-in-learning, even in con-
sternation. Patience and dis-
cretion find their day, and
their night. Tonight, I re-
visit Northampton, home al-
so of Roderick Hudson; and I
do remember this gentle phra-
sing of the obvious, from
Judge Mary C. Jacobson's
unanswerable judgement in a
closely watched case. A very
long time in coming, you say.
And is this not her day, too.
Granting a stay [of judgment]
would simply allow the State to
continue to violate the equal
protection rights of New Jersey
same-sex couples, which can hard-
ly be considered a public interest.”
Garden State Equality v. Dow
The New York Times
October 10, 2013
Wednesday, October 9, 2013
The circling streams, once thought but pools, of blood
(Whether life's fuel or the body's food)
From dark oblivion Harvey's name shall save,
While Ent keeps all the honour that he gave.
Nor are you, learned friend, the least renowned,
Whose fame, not circumscribed with English ground,
Flies like the nimble journeys of the light
And is, like that, unspent too in its flight.
Whatever truths have been, by art or chance,
Redeemed from error or from ignorance,
Such is the healing virtue of your pen,
To perfect cures on books as well as men.
Nor is this work the least: you well may give
To men new vigour, who make stones to live.
Through you, the Danes (their short dominion lost)
A longer conquest than the Saxons boast.
Stonehenge, once thought a temple, you have found
A throne, where kings, our earthly gods, were crowned ..
To my honoured friend,
Dr Charleton ..
Steven N. Zwicker and
David Bywaters, editors
Penguin Selected English Poets