La Nostalgie Heureuse

The only calibration that counts is how much heart people invest, how much they ignore their fears of being hurt or caught out or humiliated. And the only thing people regret is that they didn’t live boldly enough, that they didn’t invest enough heart, didn’t love enough. Nothing else really counts at all. ~ Ted Hughes
“As one who sails upon a wide, blue seaFar out of sight of land, his mind intentUpon the sailing of his little boat,On tightening ropes and shaping fair his course,Hears suddenly, across the restless sea,The rhythmic striking of some towered clock,And wakes from thoughtless idleness to time:
Time, the slow pulse which beats eternity!So through the vacancy of busy lifeAt intervals you cross my path and bringThe deep solemnity of passing years.
For you I have shed bitter tears, for youI have relinquished that for which my heartCried out in selfish longing. And to-nightHaving just left you, I can say: “‘T is well.Thank God that I have known a soul so true,So nobly just, so worthy to be loved!”
Amy Lawrence Lowell - Venetian Glass (1912)

“As one who sails upon a wide, blue sea
Far out of sight of land, his mind intent
Upon the sailing of his little boat,
On tightening ropes and shaping fair his course,
Hears suddenly, across the restless sea,
The rhythmic striking of some towered clock,
And wakes from thoughtless idleness to time:


Time, the slow pulse which beats eternity!
So through the vacancy of busy life
At intervals you cross my path and bring
The deep solemnity of passing years.


For you I have shed bitter tears, for you
I have relinquished that for which my heart
Cried out in selfish longing. And to-night
Having just left you, I can say: “‘T is well.
Thank God that I have known a soul so true,
So nobly just, so worthy to be loved!”

Amy Lawrence Lowell - Venetian Glass (1912)

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