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Wednesday, May 11


I picked this poem from one of my favorite books “The Penguin Book Of English Verse” Wish you'll like it:)

Gather ye rose-buds while ye may,
Old Time is still a flying:
And this same flower that smiles today,
Tomorrow will be dying.

The glorious lamp of heaven, the sun,
The higher he's a getting;
The sooner will his race be run,
And nearer he's to setting.

That age is best, which is the first,
When youth and blood are warmer;
But being spent, the worse, and worst
Times, still succeed the former.

by Robert Herrick


  • Is it the map of our beloved Jordan ,thanks Ghalia ,it is very kind of you as a Syrian to do so .

    By Anonymous Jumana Mudaris, at 11/5/05 4:14 PM  

  • For those who don’t know Robert Herrick, this is a summery of his biography; he was born in London in 1591. The son of a goldsmith Attended Trinity Hall, Cambridge at the age of 22. He graduated in 1620 and took holy orders and commenced duties in a parish in Devon. As a Royalist he was forced to give up the parish .Died in 1674.
    Herrick wrote on a number of themes. Often, and most famously, on the attributes of young women but also on rural life, religious themes and in his later life on his approaching death. Many of his poems also concern themselves with 'making much of time' or “carpe diem” seize the day as made into a famous in the film Dead Poet's Society. He wrote poetry not verses .some of the much appreciated ones are works for his beloved mistress

    Do more bewitch me than when art
    is too precise in every part.
    You are a sparkling Rose i'th'bud,
    yet lost, ere that chaste flesh and blood
    . You are a full-spread fair-set Vine,
    and can with Tendrils love entwine,
    yet dried, ere you distill your Wine.
    In Amber, or some Crystal shell,
    yet lost, ere you transfuse your smell.
    You are the Queen all flowers among,
    But die you must (fair Maid) ere long,
    As He, the maker of this song.

    By Anonymous Ayman Assaf, at 11/5/05 4:43 PM  

  • Thank you Ayman Assaf for providing us with his biography, that's nice of you:)

    Dear Jumana, I'm very sorry but I didn't post any pic for Joradn, Although I'd like to:)

    By Blogger Ghalia, at 11/5/05 4:57 PM  

  • Nice picture..Looks typically Syrian ( Allthough I can imagin it could be typically jordaninan as well)

    By Blogger Catherine, at 11/5/05 11:19 PM  

  • pretty pix, I knew the poem, it's
    a classic,and a good one.Hi ghalia.

    By Blogger GPV, at 12/5/05 2:49 AM  

  • Nice pic Ghalia :) you took it? really nice.

    Ya nice poem too :)

    By Blogger Hasan Bazerbashi, at 12/5/05 11:17 AM  

  • i like the name of the book
    "The Penguin Book"

    By Blogger Linux Juggler, at 12/5/05 2:14 PM  

  • I think what Joumana meant was that it resembles the map of Jordan.
    It is an absolutely stunning picture Ghalia, the clouds look so gorgeous and the silhouette is stunning. Thanks a lot for sharing.

    By Blogger Roba, at 12/5/05 2:58 PM  

  • i like the poem and picture they are both very pretty

    By Blogger Phantom of the Blog, at 12/5/05 9:45 PM  

  • How childish some are,
    “I like the name of the book “some never seen a book yet, it is like Wahoo Tide detergent is such a novel idea what a name.
    You said “I picked this poem from one of my favorite books “The Penguin Book of English Verse” Wish you'll like it :)
    You don’t pick a poem, you chose a poem from a book, and don’t ever refer to a poem as “IT” you say, wish for you to enjoy the poem, or hope you will appreciate the poem I have chosen for you.
    And it takes, a complete stranger to complete something you should have done, the least is introduce the poet and the period, or maybe it was not mentioned in your penguin compendium .
    I don’t know your English level, if you are planning to continue presenting works of English you should seriously work hard, but you like the majority of Syrians your English is poor.

    By Anonymous Anthony Chamas, at 12/5/05 11:39 PM  

  • Mr. Chamas, with all due respect, you can refer to a poem as "it" and you can also "pick" a poem.

    Indeed, how childish some are!

    By Blogger Ayman, at 13/5/05 11:55 PM  

  • this is one of the best pics u ever took ghalia :) congts i really really love it:)

    By Blogger M!R@CHK@, at 14/5/05 4:49 PM  

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