Monday, 27 October 2014

But, soft, what light through yonder window breaks?

We put the clocks back an hour on Saturday night so had an extra hour yesterday. It felt like that until about five-o-clock in the afternoon and then we were made to realize that Winter is on its way. The best place to be was indoors. then this morning what joy! The sun streaming through the windows at seven-o.clock, and that beautiful verse from Romeo and Juliet springs into your thoughts. You all know the story or rather tragedy of Romeo and Juliet. you may not know that it is based on a novella written by an Italian called Luigi da Porto. It inspired Shakespeare to write some of his most romantic verse. So this morning in the light of this beautiful Autumn dawn here is some of the verse that Romeo speaks under Juliet's balcony after the dance.

But, soft, what light from yonder window breaks?
It is the east, and Juliet is the sun.
Arise fair sun and kill the envious moon,
Who is already sick and pale with grief.
That thou her maid art far more fair than she.
Be not her maid, since she is envious:
Her vestal livery is but sick and green
And none but fools do wear it, cast it off.
It is my lady, O it is my love.
o, that she knew she were.

And then the last few lines of Romeo's speech..


The brightness of her cheek would shame those stars
As daylight doth her lamp, her eye in heaven,
Would through the airy region stream so bright
the birds would sing and think it were not right,
See how she leans her cheek upon her hand,
O, that I were a glove upon that hand.
That I might touch that cheek!

Wishing you all a happy romantic Monday bathed in golden Autumn sunshine

Mexican sunrise

Italian sunset

Look closely to see the new moon

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