Air And Angels
By John Donne
Twice or thrice had I loved thee,
Before I knew thy face or name;
So in a voice, so in a shapeless flame,
Angels affect us oft, and worshipped be;
Still when, to where thou wert, I came,
Some lovely glorious nothing I did see.
But since my soul, whose child love is,
Takes limbs of flesh, and else could nothing do,
More subtle than the parent is,
Love must not be, but take a body too;
And therefore what thou wert, and who,
I bid love ask, and now
That it assume thy body I allow,
And fix itself to thy lip, eye, and brow.
Whilst thus to ballast love I thought,
And so more steadily to have gone,
With wares which would sink admiration,
I saw I had love's pinnace overfraught
Every thy hair for love to work upon
Is much too much, some fitter must be sought;
For, nor in nothing, nor in things
Extreme and scatt'ring bright, can love inhere.
Then as an angel, face and wings
Of air, not pure as it, yet pure doth wear,
So thy love may be my love's sphere.
Just such disparity
As is 'twixt air and angel's purity,
'Twixt women's love and men's will ever be.
On Friday the weather went back and forth between extreme heat and pouring rain, though not as much thunder as the thunderstorm warnings suggested that we might. Daniel chatted with friends online; Adam went to play tennis and have lunch with my father while I was working on a review of Deep Space Nine's "For the Cause" (I can never remember which Eddington episode is the Valjean/Javert one; sadly, it's "For the Uniform," not this one).
We saw bunnies, had Greek food for dinner with my parents, came home so Adam's friends could come visit him for a while, then watched The Adventures of Tintin, which has a great cast of voice actors, has absolutely stunning animation, and is a lot of fun (though if you're looking for any female character of consequence, you need a different animated movie). Here are some pics from UMCP that I meant to post months ago:
The athletic center's Testudo...
...McKeldin Library's Testudo...
...and the Stamp Student Union's Testudo.
Graveyard of teams from major athletic triumphs.
A photo-covered Terp-celebrating Fear the Turtle statue in Hornbake Library.
Byrd Stadium, where the football team plays...
...and Cole Field House, where the basketball teams played before the Comcast Center was built.