Category Archives: poetry

Commonplace book #24

Then out spake brave Horatius, the Captain at the gate;
“To every man upon this earth Death cometh soon or late.
And how can man die better than facing fearful odds,
For the ashes of his fathers and the temples of his Gods…”

– Thomas Macaulay, from Lays of Ancient Rome

Poetic fragment

This came to me the other morning as I was crawling up out of sleep… I’m not sure it’s great poetry, but it got me out of bed. :)

Fall not again into the abyss of sleep,
But rise and from your leaden slumber leap.
Let Morpheus’ chains no longer bind your eyes –
Cast off his silken fetters and arise!