Saturday 21 April 2018

Circumstance from the Greek

This is so unlike the usually rhapsodic Shelley that perhaps he felt the need to distance himself from it by describing it as a translation, though apparently the Greek cannot be traced. The central thought reminds me of the remark often attributed to Patrick Kavanagh, though in fact made by my late friend Bob Bradshaw, who, coming into McDaid's and seeing the gloomy, anxious faces roundabout said: "There seems to be a lot of angst around here, but I'm sure there's nothing that a shower of fivers wouldn't cure."

Anthony Cronin

A man who was about to hang himself,

Finding a purse, then threw away his rope;

The owner, coming to reclaim his pelf,

The halter found, and used it. So is Hope

Changed for Despair -- one laid upon the shelf,

We take the other. Under Heaven's high cope

Fortune is God -- all you endure and do

Depends on circumstance as much as you.

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