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Vermin
The worm
Who in me lives
Loves me
(for who I am)
He churns my squirming
Stomach gnaws at my
marrow
and
Conflagrates my cheeks
(but that’s not all)
He beats my tympanic heart
(lub-dub)
Knots the very sinews
that together me
Hold.
Rambunctious little brat.
And yet
(in return)
I have him
for
Company.
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Literature
Time Stands Still For Thee
When lovers do their love embrace,
The sun and moon in silent reverence bow,
And glitt'ring stars provide eternal keep;
Time stands still for thee.
When beside thine dearest thou dost wake
The larken song holds a breathless pause,
Thy joinèd hearts the morntide beams do warm;
Time stands still for thee.
Whether unbridled joy in thy breast doth ring
Or in sombre grief thy tears mingled be;
The hot drops freeze, laughter echoes not, for
Time stands still for thee.
When in woven trance each other's hands are knit,
When with blushing cheeks thy lips lockèd are –
Like thee, the minute hand upon the hour's bosom leans;
Time stands still for thee.
So now upon these joyous heights thou both do stand,
Worry not on th'untrodden road ahead –
Let in calm thy quaking souls unite,
Let time stand still for thee.
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Brian
Australia
Current Residence: Melbourne, Terra Australis
Favourite genre of music: Medieval, Renaissance, Folksongs, Animé
Operating System: Food. Water. Oxygen. OS X.
MP3 player of choice: iPod
Shell of choice: Nautilus
Skin of choice: My own, thanks. Although...
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The Food of Love...

Wed Nov 21, 2007, 4:34 AM
...but also of sorrow.

Perhaps one of my more esoteric interests is the music of John Dowland (1563 - 1626), an English composer probably most famed for his lute music, brought back into mainstream (relative!) by the revival of the instrument some decades ago. Along with that returned the countertenor (loosely speaking, the male alto), championed in the 20th century by the legendary Alfred Deller.

But this journal entry isn't entirely about me boring you with this, nor to see Dowland go triple platinum this Christmas; I want to share the achingly melancholic, yet delicious, words to one of his songs. In fact, so many of his songs were about pain, death and affliction that a phrase was coined - Semper Dowland, semper dolens - capturing his obsession with such dark subjects:

I saw my lady weep,
And Sorrow proud to be advanced so,
In those fair eyes where all perfections keep,
Her face was full of woe;
But such a woe (believe me) as wins more hearts,
Than Mirth can do with her enticing parts.

Sorrow was there made fair,
And Passion wise, tears a delightful thing,
Silence beyond all speech a wisdom rare,
She made her sighs to sing,
And all things with so sweet a sadness move,
As made my heart at once both grieve and love.

O fairer than aught else,
The world can show, leave off in time to grieve,
Enough, enough, your joyful looks excels,
Tears kills the heart.
O strive not to be excellent in woe,
Which only breeds your beauty's overthrow.


Emo, perhaps; but especially when it's sung by haunting voice, accompanied by a (somewhat sparse, but appropriately so) lute, I really can't get enough of it. ^_^

Cheers everyone.

  • Listening to: Dowland - In Darkness Let me Dwell

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Crysa Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2007
Zomg how have you been?? It's been ages! I haven't been on DA much, school takes all my time lol. :hug:
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bl148 Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2007
:hug:

Yeah, I'm not too bad - it's nice to see that you're still around and making great art though!
How have you been?
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ElenaM Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2007
Thanx for the comments!
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NefertariLuna Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2007
:kiss:
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KariAnnLax Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2007  Professional General Artist
he's baaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaack.

:bounce:
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bl148 Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2007
Indeed he is ^_^

And may I say how lovely it is to see you around this part of town again :hug:
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KariAnnLax Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2007  Professional General Artist
:excited: I'm in the middle of a huge super busy change here but hell yes it's good to see you!

:glomp:
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NefertariLuna Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2007
:flirty:
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CinKat Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2007
:paranoid: I thought maybe if I visited you on this account you'd show up. *grin

wishing you well, as always.
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bl148 Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2007
Hi Kat. Your thought was accurate. *big hug*

Thanks for your well wishes - I may well be around a little more these days. ^_~
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