... and here's a lurkers' theme song
Also from Laudator Temporis Acti. (As the blog's author, Michael Gilleland, says, a blog makes a fine filing cabinet - I stash things at Pratie Place that I'll want to be able to find again.)
One could say the philosophy reflected below is a little too risk-averse. However, if you believe, as I do, that the easiest way to be happy is to stop wanting things you can't have - well, this is just the ticket.
Let me enjoy the earth no less
Because the all-enacting Might
That fashioned forth its loveliness
Had other aims than my delight.
About my path there flits a Fair,
Who throws me not a word or sign;
I'll charm me with her ignoring air,
And laud the lips not meant for mine.
From manuscripts of moving song
Inspired by scenes and dreams unknown
I'll pour out raptures that belong
To others, as they were my own.
And some day hence, towards Paradise
And all its blest -- if such should be --
I will lift glad, afar-off eyes
Though it contain no place for me.