Author: Пейнтбол (---.esoo.ru)
Date: 12-25-05 18:50
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A room hung with pictures is a room hung with thoughts.
Sir Joshua Reynolds
Some say thy fault is youth, some wantonness;
Some say thy grace is youth and gentle sport;
Both grace and faults are lov\'d of more and less:
Thou mak\'st faults graces that to thee resort.
As on the finger of a throned queen
The basest jewel will be well esteem\'d,
So are those errors that in thee are seen
To truths translated, and for true things deem\'d.
How many lambs might the stern wolf betray,
If like a lamb he could his looks translate!
How many gazers mightst thou lead away,
if thou wouldst use the strength of all thy state!
But do not so; I love thee in such sort,
As, thou being mine, mine is thy good report.
Poor soul, the centre of my sinful earth,
My sinful earth these rebel powers array,
Why dost thou pine within and suffer dearth,
Painting thy outward walls so costly gay?
Why so large cost, having so short a lease,
Dost thou upon thy fading mansion spend?
Shall worms, inheritors of this excess,
Eat up thy charge? Is this thy body\'s end?
Then soul, live thou upon thy servant\'s loss,
And let that pine to aggravate thy store;
Buy terms divine in selling hours of dross;
Within be fed, without be rich no more:
So shall thou feed on Death, that feeds on men,
And Death once dead, there\'s no more dying then.
A people free to choose will always choose peace.