Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Cupid's Dart

And sure there is a music even in the beauty, and the silent note which Cupid strikes, far sweeter than the sound of an instrument.
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And therefore in reference unto Man, Cupid is said to be blind. Affection should not be too sharp-Eyed, and Love is not to be made by magnifying Glasses.
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There's worse events in life than love unrequited,
it happens all the time, all over the world;
But knowing this, little consoles a heart
pierced by Cupid's fiery-feathered Dart.

Quotations from Sir Thomas Browne's Religio Medici and Christian Morals 
One for the ear, the other for the eye, and a third for narcissistic catharsis. It's a curious coincidence that though the quotes on Cupid  by Browne are from two different works both share the same reference. As for the ear and eye, I've often thought that Urn-Burial  with its rolling stentorian passages and full organ-stops out phrasing appeals to the ear, while Cyrus is one long feast for the eye being visually orientated  throughout.  

R.M Part 2:Section 9 -  Browne here in finest poetic flow, using imagery linking love and music to Cosmic Harmony, the music of the spheres and universal rhythm. (1643)

C.M. Part 2: Section 9 - Many passages in C.M. contain imagery of either optical or perspective which in turn are connected to observations on moral worth. The invisible and visible worlds, optics and morality, what things are and what they appear to be, especially  as regards humans, are often juxtaposed in this last essay. (c.1670's)

Verse by K.M.F. - To J 


teegee said...

That's as nice a valentine and text as I have seen and read in ages.


Thank you Pat. Glad you got through to leave a comment.