Sonnets from the Portuguese - Elizabeth Barrett Browning:
Sonnets from the Portuguese - Elizabeth Barrett Browning:
|I||I thought once how Theocritus had sung|
|II||But only three in all God's universe|
|III||Unlike are we, unlike, O princely Heart!|
|IV||Thou hast thy calling to some palace-floor|
|V||I lift my heavy heart up solemnly|
|VI||Go from me. Yet I feel that I shall stand|
|VII||The face of all the world is changed, I think|
|VIII||What can I give thee back, O liberal|
|IX||Can it be right to give what I can give?|
|X||Yet, love, mere love, is beautiful indeed|
|XI||And therefore if to love can be desert|
|XII||Indeed this very love which is my boast|
|XIII||And wilt thou have me fashion into speech|
|XIV||If thou must love me, let it be for nought|
|XV||Accuse me not, beseech thee, that I wear|
|XVI||And yet, because thou overcomest so|
|XVII||My poet thou canst touch on all the notes|
|XVIII||I never gave a lock of hair away|
|XIX||The soul's Rialto hath its merchandize|
|XX||Beloved, my beloved, when I think|
|XXI||Say over again, and yet once over again|
|XXII||When our two souls stand up erect and strong|
|XXIII||Is it indeed so? If I lay here dead|
|XXIV||Let the world's sharpness like a clasping knife|
|XXV||A heavy heart, Beloved, have I borne|
|XXVI||I lived with visions for my company|
|XXVII||My own Beloved, who hast lifted me|
|XXVIII||My letters! all dead paper, mute and white!|
|XXIX||I think of thee!my thoughts do twine and bud|
|XXX||I see thine image through my tears to-night|
|XXXI||Thou comest! all is said without a word|
|XXXII||The first time that the sun rose on thine oath|
|XXXIII||Yes, call me by my pet-name! let me hear|
|XXXIV||With the same heart, I said, I'll answer thee|
|XXXV||If I leave all for thee, wilt thou exchange|
|XXXVI||When we met first and loved, I did not build|
|XXXVII||Pardon, oh, pardon, that my soul should make|
|XXXVIII||First time he kissed me, he but only kissed|
|XXXIX||Because thou hast the power and own'st the grace|
|XL||Oh, yes! they love through all this world of ours!|
|XLI||I thank all who have loved me in their hearts|
|XLII||My future will not copy fair my past|
|XLIII||How do I love thee? Let me count the ways|
|XLIV||Beloved, thou hast brought me many flowe|
And some analysis:
Deborah Jeane Palfrey, the woman accused of being the D.C. madam, can't release any more phone records that would reveal patrons of her Washington escort service, a federal judge said yesterday.
U.S. District Judge Gladys Kessler placed a temporary restraining order on Palfrey and her civil attorney, prohibiting them from sharing additional phone records with news organizations or the public.
Palfrey has said that she regretted any embarrassment felt by her former customers but that she was letting a news organization mine her records so she could find potential defense witnesses and fight government charges that she ran an illegal prostitution ring. Palfrey said her escorts provided legal massages and fantasies.
ABC News reporters' calls to possible customers last month ultimately led Deputy Secretary of State Randall L. Tobias to resign after he acknowledged using Palfrey's escort service. Tobias said he got a massage, not sex.
The ancient Greek philosopher Epicurus http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Epicurean summed it up well when he wrote these ideas:
Either God wants to abolish evil, and cannot; or he can and does not want to.
If he wants to, but cannot, he is impotent.
If he can, but does not want to, he is wicked.
If, as they say, God can abolish evil, and God really wants to do it, why is there evil in the world?
Many religious people ask how Atheists can be happy without God. For me and for many Atheists I know, the realization of our Atheism has been extremely freeing and has opened us to our own happiness.
Atheism helps us to see reality as it actually is, without the mental filters of superstition preventing us from directly experiencing it. Atheism opens us to experience our selves, without the debasing idea that we are innately sinful. Atheism allows us to experience true interpersonal love, without any imaginary supernatural intervention. Atheism gives us the freedom to think for ourselves, to construct our own meanings. We each can choose what we think has value. Atheism shows us that we can gain meaning by seeking to make our world a better place, for ourselves and our posterity. Atheism teaches us to take responsibility for our behaviors in the here and now, not in an imaginary afterlife. Atheism lets us see that we have to make choices about our future. No big daddy god is going to protect us from bad decisions. Atheism teaches us to treasure this moment, this life, and this world ― because we realize that it's all we have.
Atheism also can work well for free societies. Free nations with high levels of Atheism ― such as Sweden, the Netherlands, Australia, Switzerland and Japan ― are among the healthiest, wealthiest, most educated, and most free societies on Earth.
Most Atheists are also Secular Humanists. The philosophy of Secular Humanism takes the Atheist position and adds another layer. It declares that humans are most important, not any imaginary gods. We have the power, thru love, reason, science, courage, and vision, to solve our problems. We shape our destiny. We are each capable of personal development and satisfaction. Humanism holds as its highest goal the happiness, fulfillment, and freedom of all humankind.
This has been a long and involved article, so I would like to conclude with letting you know the bad news ... and the good news. The bad news is that there is no god to watch over and care for us. The good news is that there is no hell, and we can all love and care for each other ― if we so choose.
MARCH 7--Federal prosecutors want to gag an indicted former
In their motion, a copy of which you'll find below, government lawyers claim that some discovery documents contain "personal information" about Palfrey's former johns and prostitutes that is "sensitive." The prosecution filing does not detail the nature of this confidential information, though the identity of Palfrey's D.C. customers would surely be cloaked if the protective order was signed by Judge Gladys Kessler.