Tiger, Tiger …

You might expect that I’d be writing about Tiger Woods this morning … but actually, the allusion is to William Blake, who was born on this day in 1757.  (Sorry, it’s too early in the morning for me to do the math.)

489. The Tiger

TIGER, tiger, burning bright
In the forests of the night,
What immortal hand or eye
Could frame thy fearful symmetry?

In what distant deeps or skies
Burnt the fire of thine eyes?
On what wings dare he aspire?
What the hand dare seize the fire?

And what shoulder and what art
Could twist the sinews of thy heart?
And when thy heart began to beat,
What dread hand and what dread feet?

What the hammer? what the chain?
In what furnace was thy brain?
What the anvil? What dread grasp
Dare its deadly terrors clasp?

When the stars threw down their spears,
And water’d heaven with their tears,
Did He smile His work to see?
Did He who made the lamb make thee?

Tiger, tiger, burning bright
In the forests of the night,
What immortal hand or eye
Dare frame thy fearful symmetry?

Before we move on, did you check out the video that AMR posted yesterday?  It’s definitely an appetite suppressant.

My goodness … there are so many interesting people in the world.  Ya gotta wonder what immortal hand or eye dared frame their fearful symmetry.

For further commentary on such things I am always very thankful that Jon Stewart is around.  He, too, was born on this day – but it was only back in 1962 – when I was enjoying 5th grade, and there was no thought that President Kennedy would be dead in a bit less than a year.  And how different the world would be after that, eh?  But on November 28, 1962, there was still a certain innocence about life in the ’60’s.  Little lamb, who made thee …

Moving deeper into the weeds, I read on Huffington Post this morning that Ralph Nadar is contemplating a Senate run in Connecticut.  What would definitely get me interested (and possibly even supportive) would be if you ran against Joe Lieberman, Ralph.  Now that would be fun!  Chris Dodd?  Not so much.

And, even more randomly … here’s a site I read about this morning.  It lists free movies available on line … and looks fascinating. Be sure to scroll down, as there are lots of good sites listed, along with the films collected there.

So – off to the races today.  Hope it’s a good one for you!

489. The Tiger

TIGER, tiger, burning bright
In the forests of the night,
What immortal hand or eye
Could frame thy fearful symmetry?
In what distant deeps or skies 5
Burnt the fire of thine eyes?
On what wings dare he aspire?
What the hand dare seize the fire?
And what shoulder and what art
Could twist the sinews of thy heart? 10
And when thy heart began to beat,
What dread hand and what dread feet?
What the hammer? what the chain?
In what furnace was thy brain?
What the anvil? What dread grasp 15
Dare its deadly terrors clasp?
When the stars threw down their spears,
And water’d heaven with their tears,
Did He smile His work to see?
Did He who made the lamb make thee? 20
Tiger, tiger, burning bright
In the forests of the night,
What immortal hand or eye
Dare frame thy fearful symmetry?
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