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"love and courage never shall decline"

Happy birthday to griffith_gwyn, and best wishes for many happy returns of the day!

* My most recent "History of the Genre" segment (this one is about an unsung pioneer of Gernsback-era science fiction) is available in the latest episode of StarShipSofa: The Science Fiction Audio Magazine, "Aural Delights No. 63." You can download it here, listen to it streaming here, or get it via iTunes under "StarShipSofa." A list of my other podcast commentaries, interviews, and unabridged dramatic readings is available here with links. To those of you listening, many thanks indeed! I hope you enjoy it.

* I am heading out bright and early tomorrow to Tucson to take part in a scholarly colloquium about the U.S. Social Gospel Movement of the late 19th/early 20th century. I'll be back Sunday evening. While I'm away I'll be online to a limited degree, but just to be safe, I'll offer this now: Happy Valentine's Day!

In honor of the upcoming holiday, a quote:

Hail Bishop Valentine, whose day this is,
All the air is thy Diocese,
And all the chirping choristers
And other birds are thy parishioners,
Thou marryest ever year
The lyric Lark, and the grave whispering Dove,
The Sparrow that neglects his life for love,
The household bird, with the red stomacher;
Thou maks't the black bird speed as soon,
As doth the Goldfinch, or the Halycon;
The husband cock looks out, and straight is sped,
And meets his wife, which brings her feather-bed.
This day more cheerfully than ever shine,
This day, which might enflame thy self, old Valentine.

Till now, thou warmd'st with mutiplying loves
Two larks, two sparrows, or two doves,
All that is nothing unto this,
For thou this day couplest two Phoenixes;
Thou mak'st a Taper see
What the sun never saw, and what the Ark
(Which was of fowls, and beasts, the cage and park,)
Did not contain, one bed contains, through thee,
Two Phoenixes, whose joined breasts
Are unto one another mutual nests,
Where motion kindles such fires, as shall give
Young Phoenixes, and yet the old shall love.
Whose love and courage never shall decline,
But make the whole year through, thy day, O Valentine....

from John Donne, "An Epithalamion, Or Marriage Song, On the Lady Elizabeth and Count Palatine Being Married on St. Valentine's Day"



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Feb. 11th, 2009 02:26 pm (UTC)
The colloquium sounds intersting. I hope you'll share some commentary when you have a chance! Enjoy yourself and happy Valentine's Day!
Feb. 17th, 2009 10:05 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much! It was very thought-provoking and unexpectedly timely and relevant discussion based on four main political texts by leaders of the movement: Josiah Strong's Our Country (1885), Richard T. Ely's Social Aspects of Christianity (1889), Washington Gladden's Social Salvation (1902), and Walter Rauschenbusch's Christianizing the Social Order (1912). The scholars assembled represented a number of different disciplines, and so I found the variety of perspectives represented to be very useful to my own thinking.

Edited at 2009-02-17 10:34 pm (UTC)
Feb. 11th, 2009 05:22 pm (UTC)
Happy Valentine's Day to you, dear! I got your lovely and adorable card in the mail yesterday--thank you so much! I hope you have a safe and enlightening time is superwarm Tucson. ;)

Feb. 17th, 2009 10:09 pm (UTC)
*huge hugs* You're most welcome - and thank you, too, for the good wishes! We're celebrating a late Valentine's this Friday with tickets to see George Romero, who will be showing his classic film Night of the Living Dead and then doing a Q&A session. What's more, it's going to be held in a renovated, historic church, so it should be very atmospheric. What's better than Valentine's Day? Valentine's Day with zombies!

Don't worry - I won't bring a zombie home with me so I can ship it out to you to say hello. Unless you want me to do so, that is. Do boxed zombies need air holes?
Feb. 11th, 2009 05:56 pm (UTC)
Have fun in Tucson! (Waving from my vacacione hideaway in San Carlos Sonora.) I heard rumors it snowed in Tucson the other night, so you might want to bring one warm coat for night outings...even down here it gets chilly once the sun goes down.
Feb. 17th, 2009 10:10 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much! It was even more beautiful than I remembered. I could still see snow on the mountains - it was so pretty!
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