"The real trick to life is not to be in the know, but to be in the mystery."
-Fred Alan Wolf

09 August 2017

Happy birthday, Dryden.

Kneller, John Dryden, 1703

John Dryden was born on this day in 1631.


Ah, fading joy, how quickly art thou past!
     Yet we thy ruin haste.
As if the cares of human life were few,
     We seek out new:
And follow fate, which would too fast pursue.
See how on every bough the birds express
     In their sweet notes their happiness.
     They all enjoy and nothing spare;
But on their mother nature lay their care.
Why then should man, the lord of all below,
     Such troubles choose to know
As none of all his subjects undergo?

Hark, hark, the waters fall, fall, fall,
     And with a murmuring sound
     Dash, dash upon the ground,
To gentle slumbers call.

John Dryden

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