Though With Those Streams He No Resemblance Hold, Whose Foam Is Amber And Their Gravel Gold
Though with those streams he no resemblance hold,
Whose foam is amber and their gravel gold;
His genuine and less guilty wealth t' explore,
Search not his bottom, but survey his shore.
-- Sir John Denham (1615-1668)
-- Cooper's Hill, Line 165
Oh, could I flow like thee, and make thy stream My great example, as it is my theme!
Though deep, yet clear; though gentle, yet not dull...
The Poet Whose Badness Saved His Life The most important poet in the seventeenth century was George Wither.
Alexander Pope called him "wretched Wither" and Dryden said of his verse that "if they rhymed and rattled all was well"....
He who blows at the foam in his beer is not thirsty. -- Talmud.
Did you hear about the fellow who bought his wife a gold coil.
..he had always wanted to come into wealth....
A gen'ral sets his army in array in vain, unless he fight and win the day. -- Denham
A fisherman from Maine went to Alabama on his vacation.
He rented a boat, rowed out to the middle of the lake, and cast his line, but when he looked down into the water he was horrified to see a man wrapped in chains lying on the bottom of the lake....
Fallen, fallen, fallen, fallen, Fallen from his high estate, And welt'ring in his blood
Deserted, at his utmost need, By those his former bounty fed, On the bare earth expos'd he lies, With not a friend to close his eyes....
He missed an invaluable opportunity to hold his tongue.
Magicians must exercise caution in all things. Each of you has heard the story of the mage who perfected the gold producing spell, only to be crushed by his newfound wealth.
Less well known is the story of the sorcerer who turned everyone he didn't like into a toad, until the day he exercised the spell on an entire unfriendly village and was found the next morning hopped to death....