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    • Am really enjoying The Victory Garden and when the storyline comes to the Harvest Festival I found myself feeling kind of homesick for the UK and it’s a lot of years since we boarded the Empress of France to come to Canada.  No place like home!
    • He did not wear his scarlet coat, For blood and wine are red, And blood and wine were on his hands When they found him with the dead, The poor dead woman whom he loved, And murdered in her bed.   He walked amongst the Trial Men In a suit of shabby gray; A cricket cap was on his head, And his step seemed light and gay; But I never saw a man who looked So wistfully at the day.   I never saw a man who looked With such a wistful eye Upon that little tent of blue Which prisoners call the sky, And at every drifting cloud that went With sails of silver by.   I walked, with other souls in pain, Within another ring, And was wondering if the man had done A great or little thing, When a voice behind me whispered low, "That fellow's got to swing."   Dear Christ! the very prison walls Suddenly seemed to reel, And the sky above my head became Like a casque of scorching steel; And, though I was a soul in pain, My pain I could not feel.   I only knew what hunted thought Quickened his step, and why He looked upon the garish day With such a wistful eye; The man had killed the thing he loved, And so he had to die.   Yet each man kills the thing he loves, By each let this be heard, Some do it with a bitter look, Some with a flattering word, The coward does it with a kiss, The brave man with a sword!   Oscar Wilde - from 'The Ballad of Reading Gaol'
    • Sounds right up my street, Binker
    • Oh! that my young life were a lasting dream!   My spirit not awakening, till the beam   Of an Eternity should bring the morrow.   Yes! tho' that long dream were of hopeless sorrow,   'Twere better than the cold reality   Of waking life, to him whose heart must be,   And hath been still, upon the lovely earth,   A chaos of deep passion, from his birth.   But should it be- that dream eternally   Continuing- as dreams have been to me   In my young boyhood- should it thus be given,   'Twere folly still to hope for higher Heaven.   For I have revell'd, when the sun was bright   I' the summer sky, in dreams of living light   And loveliness,- have left my very heart   In climes of my imagining, apart   From mine own home, with beings that have been   Of mine own thought- what more could I have seen?   'Twas once- and only once- and the wild hour   From my remembrance shall not pass- some power   Or spell had bound me- 'twas the chilly wind   Came o'er me in the night, and left behind   Its image on my spirit- or the moon    Shone on my slumbers in her lofty noon   Too coldly- or the stars- howe'er it was   That dream was as that night-wind- let it pass.   I have been happy, tho' in a dream.   I have been happy- and I love the theme:   Dreams! in their vivid coloring of life,   As in that fleeting, shadowy, misty strife   Of semblance with reality, which brings   To the delirious eye, more lovely things   Of Paradise and Love- and all our own!   Than young Hope in his sunniest hour hath known      Dreams, Edgar Allan Poe
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