Tuesday, February 15, 2005

The Occasion Almost Passes Unremarked

A nicely wry Valentine's Day moment from AE Housman:
Oh, when I was in love with you
Then I was clean and brave,
And miles around the wonder grew
How well did I behave.

And now the fancy passes by
And nothing will remain,
And miles around they'll say that I
Am quite myself again.
As someone or other said in Tom Stoppard's awe-inspiring The Invention of Love, I never heard of such a one for telling you you're better off dead.