Tag Archives: British Literature

The Ocean

28 Mar

The Ocean has its silent caves,
Deep, quiet, and alone;
Though there be fury on the waves,
Beneath them there is none.

The awful spirits of the deep
Hold their communion there;
And there are those for whom we weep,
The young, the bright, the fair.

Calmly the wearied seamen rest
Beneath their own blue sea.
The ocean solitudes are blest,
For there is purity.

The earth has guilt, the earth has care,
Unquiet are its graves;
But peaceful sleep is ever there,
Beneath the dark blue waves.

‘The Ocean’ by Nathaniel Hawthorne

The Erl-King ~ by Johanne Wolfgang Von Goethe

11 Nov
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The Erl-King 

by Johanne Wolfgang Von Goethe

WHO rides there so late through the night dark and drear?
The father it is, with his infant so dear;
He holdeth the boy tightly clasp’d in his arm,
He holdeth him safely, he keepeth him warm.

“My son, wherefore seek’st thou thy face thus to hide?”
“Look, father, the Erl-King is close by our side!
Dost see not the Erl-King, with crown and with train?”
“My son, ’tis the mist rising over the plain.” Continue reading

Law Gone Wild

28 Nov

Goodbye world, Goodbye television, Goodbye Facebook.

That time has come, that dreaded moment that comes twice every year. Yes, finals have arrived.  As each day passes, more and more students seem to drop off the face of the earth.  Social media collapses, Gas stations and 24-hour food marts see swells in sales, and stress level shoot through the roof.  Life is now simply a move from notes to outlines to Powerpoints to practice tests.  This is a particularly dreaded time for law students.  There is so little to find humorous when studying the law that our sense of humor is highly twisted by graduation, but hey! we can still be funny!  So in the spirit of loosening up before exams begin, I thought I’d share one of my favorite poems for law students.  So without further adieu, I present G. K. Chesterton’s “The Horrible History of Jones.”  This is why we study law–to keep it from becoming like this. Sadly we seem to have failed in regards to the abbreviations; they are just this bad. I counted 21 in one of my courses!

Jones had a dog; it had a chain;
Not often worn, not causing pain;
But, as the I. K. L. had passed
Their ‘Unleashed Cousins Act’ at last,
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