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Monday, October 15, 2007

Making Up for Lost Time (Part III)

Below is a nearly finished section from a barely started literary pastiche/philosophical critique of Blake's The Marriage of Heaven and Hell.

In planting listen, in harvest ask, in winter think.
The wise man reaps before he sows.
The grass is greener above the casket.
Generate little; generate much.
David dances in only an Ephod.
He who desires but acts not, breeds pestilence.
The cut worm forgives the plow.
Drink once from the river, and you will ever thirst.
The tree of knowledge is the tree of life.
An unlit candle is a wasted flame.
Eternity is instantaneous.
Sorrow alone begets joy.
Wisdom is folly; folly, wisdom.
Even the spider can master a trap, but the rabbit needs none.
There is not an eagle who should not dip lower.
There is not a serpent who should not soar higher.
Only the dead can harm the living.
If a wise man persists in his wisdom he becomes foolish.
The knave and the saint both lay claim truth.
Prudence is arrogance.

Can your beauty compare to the peacock's?
Can your stealth compare to the serpent's?
Can your power compare to the lion's?
Can your sculpture compare to the human form?
The found are formed from by displays of faith, the lost with words of hate.
Excess of sorrow speaks. Excess of joy hears.
The watchful fox is ensnared.
The bird a nest, the spider a web, man friendship; each has an end.
Even the selfish smiling fool and the sullen frowning fool are understood by the wise.
What was once proved is now only imagined.
Always watching and never acting achieves nothing.
The cistern dries: the fountain is forever.
An ancient truth outlives a timeless mystery.
Always be ready to speak your mind, and even the base will listen.
Even a mountain cannot block the truth.
Though the eagle lost time with the crow, he gained an eternity.

The fox provides for himself, but he is still caught.
Think in the night. Act in the evening. Eat in the noon. Prepare in the morning.
The rabbits of love are stronger than the tigers of wrath.
Tepid water does not refresh, nor can it be made into tea.
You always know more than you need. You never know more than you want.
The fool's reproach is still a reproach.
The weak in courage is strong in pride.
The thankful receiver bears a plentiful harvest.
If others had not been foolish, we should be so.
True joy comes only from satisfaction.
As the truth is like a graceful antelope, so the priest is like a lion.
To find a fish is the effect of wisdom.
Pain braces. Health relaxes.
The best wine is the oldest, the best water the newest.
Prayers plow. Praises reap.
Joy rests not! Sorrow sleeps not!

As the air to a bird or the sea to a fish, so is love to the wise.
All creatures seek refuge. From what?
Exuberance is Beauty. Contemplation, sublimity.
If the lion were advised by the fox, he would lose his glory.
Improvement makes strait roads, but the crooked roads without Improvement lead to better places.
Apostasy before deceit.
Where man is not, nature is barren. Where man is, revolting.
Truth can never be told so as to be understood, and not be believed.
Enough! Yet too little.

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