September 2nd, 2007

pissy red dragon from tammylee

Man is born to sorrow as the sparks fly upward

Now some people, I'm told, listen to Evanescence when they want to feel sorry for themselves, but my generation quotes the Old Testament, especially Job and Ecclesiastes, and occasionally even The Book of Common Prayer.
Man that is born of a woman hath but a short time to live, and is full of misery. He cometh up, and is cut down, like a flower; he fleeth as it were a shadow, and never continueth in one stay.
Not only is the sound of the words a consolation just by itself (if you keep away from recent translations), when you google for the exact quote- and discover the authorities are divided on whether it's 'sorrow' or 'trouble'- you also find people making unusable teapots and charging $1400 for them while attributing the line to Homer. Needless to say, this is immensely cheering.

The strangest whim has seized me. . . . After all
I think I will not hang myself to-day.

However, I *will* moan, try-and-stop-me. Collapse )