The difference between the almost right word & the right
word is really a large matter – it's the difference between
the lightning bug and the lightning.

Mark Twain

December 23, 2014

Fame, Love and Youth

How oft in such hours our fond thoughts stray
To the dream of two idle lovers;
To the young wife’s kiss; to the child at play;
Or the grave which the long grass covers!

And little we’d reck of power or gold,
And of all life’s vain endeavour,
If the heart could glow as it glowed of old,
And if youth could abide for ever.

William Edward Hartpole Lecky (1838-1903)