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Blog Posted:12/30/2019 4:17:00 PM

Let us not post of what once was but of what of once might be. I offer thoughts  following a reading  of Thomas Gray's "Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard"

 

 
Indeed, the church yard beckons and will never (Heaven Laments) the truths of history and its unfortunate paths of ignorant collisions with both sanity and morality. Neither you nor I ... nor those who could/would dream of solving cancer when actually the cures of the soul more precious than those of the body....yet, if we at least address them, can we pray some level of hope? Otherwise await that inevitable hour when there, within our reach was all that wealth 'er gave! 
 
Per Ardua
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 (To those who gave their lives to England during the Battle of 
Britain and left such a shining example to us who follow,
these lines are dedicated.)

They that have climbed the white mists of the morning; 
They that have soared, before the world's awake, 
To herald up their foeman to them, scorning 
The thin dawn's rest their weary folk might take; 
Some that have left other mouths to tell the story 
Of high, blue battle, quite young limbs that bled, 
How they had thundered up the clouds to glory, 
Or fallen to an English field stained red. 
Because my faltering feet would fail I find them 
Laughing beside me, steadying the hand 
That seeks their deadly courage – 
Yet behind them 
The cold light dies in that once brilliant Land .... 
Do these, who help the quickened pulse run slowly, 
Whose stern, remembered image cools the brow, 
Till the far dawn of Victory, know only 

Night's darkness, and Valhalla's silence now?

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Date: 12/31/2019 1:10:00 AM
As a young gravedigger age 15, in the country village of Addingham, i went through so many of Gray's sentiment, somehow one sees the world different when to farewell one on what is another journey, yes the old ways of Christianity and no doubt now. That this life, is to earn the admission ticket for the next life..Alas so few i buried managed that some how, or were the eras of the 20's and 30's followed by the war too difficult? Or were the standard then and now set too high?
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Date: 12/30/2019 6:01:00 PM
The highlighted poem was written by John Magee, the same poet that wrote "High Flight"--He died shortly after he wrote this at the age of 19
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Keith Trestrail
Date: 12/31/2019 7:57:00 AM
I love High Flight. It's one of my favourite poems.
Date: 12/30/2019 5:03:00 PM
I always suspected the English shared bloodlines with the Vikings and Klingons. Bloody English!
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Keith Trestrail
Date: 12/30/2019 10:58:00 PM
So... are you Harry Horsman or Norseman?
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harry horsman
Date: 12/30/2019 10:22:00 PM
beg yer pardon, i too share, and my ancestors those of viking bloodlines, as for Klingons maybe one day??

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