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Friday, August 22, 2014

Robert Bateman - Long Light-Polar Bear,

Robert Bateman's animals all seem so alert and active along with the fact that his paintings are so skillfully rendered they look photographic.  What do you think this polar bear sees or smells?  The "white" ice is full of lovely colors.
Long Light-Polar Bear - © Robert Bateman

Franz Joseph Hadyn's Symphony No 101 "Clock" Symphony. 
It's fun to listen for the ticking clock.

This weeks Phillis Wheatley poem is to the Rev. Dr. Thomas Avory.

To the Rev. Dr. Thomas Amory on reading his Sermons on Daily Devotion, in which that Duty is recommended and assisted
TO cultivate in ev’ry noble mind
Habitual grace, and sentiments refin’d,
Thus while you strive to mend the human heart,
Thus while the heav’nly precepts you impart,
O may each bosom catch the sacred fire,        5
And youthful minds to Virtue’s throne aspire!
  When God’s eternal ways you set in sight,
And Virtue shines in all her native light,
In vain would Vice her works in night conceal,
For Wisdom’s eye pervades the sable veil.        10
  Artists may paint the sun’s effulgent rays,
But Amory’s pen the brighter God displays:
While his great works in Amory’s pages shine,
And while he proves his essence all divine,
The Atheist sure no more can boast aloud        15
Of chance, or nature, and exclude the God;
As if the clay without the potter’s aid
Should rise in various forms, and shapes self-made,
Or worlds above with orb o’er orb profound
Self-mov’d could run the everlasting round.        20
It cannot be—unerring Wisdom guides
With eye propitious, and o’er all presides.
  Still prosper, Amory! still may’st thou receive
The warmest blessings which a muse can give,
And when this transitory state is o’er,        25
When kingdoms fall, and fleeting Fame’s no more,
May Amory triumph in immortal fame,
A nobler title, and superior name!

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