Suddenly in the Midst of Friends

Suddenly in the midst of friends,
Of brothers known to me more and more,
And their secrets, histories, tastes, hero-worships,
Schemes, love-affairs, known to me
$\;$ $\;$ $\;$ Suddenly I felt lonely.
Felt like a child in a field with no more games to play
Because I have not a lady
$\;$ $\;$ $\;$ to whom to send my thoughts at that hour
$\;$ $\;$ $\;$ that she might crown my peace.

(c.1895).

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On Music

Music is mere beauty; it is beauty in the abstract, beauty in isolation. It is a shapeless and liquid element of beauty, in which a man may really float, not indeed affirming the truth, but not denying it.

George Bernard Shaw (1910).

Ecclesiastes

There is one sin: to call a green leaf grey,
Whereat the sun in heaven shuddereth.
There is one blasphemy: for death to pray,
For God alone knoweth the praise of death.

There is one creed: ‘neath no world-terror’s wing
Apples forget to grow on apple-trees.
There is one thing needful — everything —
The rest is vanity of vanities.

(1890s).