Saturday, April 17, 2010

a king in disguise...

It is a cold, rainy, and somewhat dreary spring morning in New England  and I for one could use a little encouragement from Ralph Waldo.  This from the introductory lecture of his 1841 Boston Lecture series, "The Times." 

"The Times are the masquerade of the eternities; trivial to the dull, tokens of noble and majestic agents to the wise; the receptacle in which the Past leaves its history; the quarry out of which the genius of to-day is building up the Future. The Times -- the nations, manners, institutions, opinions, votes, are to be studied as omens, as sacred leaves, whereon a weighty sense is inscribed, if we have the wit and the love to search it out...

We are the representatives of religion and intellect, and stand in the light of Ideas, whose rays stream through us to those younger and more in the dark. What further relations we sustain, what new lodges we are entering, is now unknown. To-day is a king in disguise. To-day always looks mean to the thoughtless, in the face of an uniform experience, that all good and great and happy actions are made up precisely of these blank to-days. Let us not be so deceived. Let us unmask the king as he passes. Let us not inhabit times of wonderful and various promise without divining their tendency."

Have a great day and
(Painting is "Rain Storm Union Square" by Frederick Childe Hassam)

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