The King of the Wood

This remarkable essay comes from  “The Golden Bough,” by Sir James George Frazer. The King of The Wood Who does not know Turner’s picture of the Golden Bough? The scene, suffused with the golden glow of imagination in which the divine mind of Turner steeped and...

Sonnet 146 – On Death

Poor soul, the centre of my sinful earth,  Why feed’st these rebel powers that thee array? Why dost thou pine within, and suffer dearth,  Painting thy outward walls so costly gay? Why so large cost, having so short a lease,  Dost thou upon thy fading mansion spend?...

The Sermon on the Mount

The Sermon on the Mount –  And seeing the multitudes, he went up into a mountain: and when he was set, his disciples came unto him: And he opened his mouth, and taught them, saying,     Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.    ...

Cactus Land

This is the dead land This is cactus land Here the stone images Are raised, here they receive The supplication of a dead man’s hand Under the twinkle of a fading star. ~ T S...

Nepenthe

Give me Nepenthe     With the lulling eyes To shut away the world!     To sleep, to dream, And in this clover-scented air    Slip through imprisoning Time And find my Spirit free! Alas, not thus     Shalt thou escape from Time. Thou wilt return again     And yet again...

Anecdote of the Imam Hambal

Ahmad Hambal was the Imam of his time, and his merit beyond praise. Once when he wished to rest from his studies and his position he went out to talk with a man who was very poor. Someone who saw him blamed him saying: ‘There is no one more learned than you, and you...