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Footnotes October 9, 2008

Our hours in love have wings; in absence, crutches.

Miguel de Cervantes

Edgar Allan Poe – To The Lake




Path to Your Imagination

October 9 marks the birthdays of both Miguel de Cervantes (1547), novelist, Don Quixote and Bruce Catton (1899) a U.S. historian and writer, Civil War.

Path to Your Imagination

Sooner or later

you must move down an unknown road

that leads beyond the range of the imagination,

and the only certainty is that

the trip has to be made.

- Bruce Catton



is the sum of small victories

won by individual human beings.

- Bruce Catton
U.S., historian and writer, Civil War

Edgar Allan Poe – To The Lake

To The Lake

In Spring of youth it was my lot
To haunt of the wide world a spot
The which I could not love the less -
So lovely was the loneliness
Of a wild lake, with black rock bound,
And the tall pines that towered around.

But when the night had thrown her pall
Upon that spot, as upon all,
And the mystic wind went by
Murmuring in melody -
Then – ah, then, I would awake
To the terror of the lone lake.

Yet that terror was not fright,
But a tremulous delight -
A feeling not the jewelled mine
Could teach or bribe me to define -
Nor Love – although the love were thine.

Death was in that poisonous wave,
And in its gulf a fitting grave
For him who thence could solace bring
To his lone imagining -
Whose solitary soul could make
An Eden of that dim lake.

Edgar Allan Poe

The Red Badge of Courage

It was a blind and despairing rush by the collection of men in dusty and tattered blue, over a green sward and under a sapphire sky, toward a fence, dimly outlined in smoke, from behind which spluttered the fierce rifles of enemies.

The Red Badge of Courage,
Ch. 23 – The final charge of the Union men