When I was One and Twenty

When I was one-and-twenty
           I heard a wise man say,
          "Give crowns and pounds and guineas
           But not your heart away;
          Give pearls away and rubies
           But keep your fancy free."
          But I was one-and-twenty,
           No use to talk to me.

          When I was one-and-twenty
           I heard him say again,
          "The heart out of the bosom
           Was never given in vain;
          'Tis paid with sighs a plenty
           And sold for endless rue."
          And I am two-and-twenty,
           And oh, 'tis true, 'tis true.

A E Hosueman - A Shropshire Lad

Here is a Knife Like Other Knives

The quote is from A E Houseman who beautiful encapsulates the dilemma of death for us all; as far as we know it is the end of the universe for each of us. Whatever dream we care to believe in and whatever hope we have accepted, death kills everything else for each us.

It is why life is to be cherished in all living things. Because when you kill, or have something killed for you, you end the Universe for that being. And to love life, and bring life, creates the whole universe for that being.

Worth thinking about.

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