Tag Archives: Shakespeare

Thy Eternal Summer

And every fair from fair sometime declines,
By chance, or nature’s changing course untrimmed;
But thy eternal summer shall not fade.
–Shakespeare, Sonnet 18

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Saturday Shakespeare: Doubts are Traitors

Our doubts are traitors
And make us lose the good we oft might win
By fearing to attempt.
—Shakespeare, Measure for Measure

 

Hartwick Pines, Michigangg

Summer’s Farewell

And summer’s lease hath all too short a date.

Shakespeare, Sonnet 18

Yep, it’s that time of year–Labor Day traditionally marks the last appearance of summer in MIchigan.  We now await  autumn’s cavalcade of colors.

Pigeon River forest, Michigan

Huron Nat’l Forest, Michigan

Bold Winds Speechless

But, as we often see against some storm
A silence in the heavens, the rack stand still
The bold winds speechless, and the orb below
As hush as death, anon the dreadful thunder
Doth rend the region.
—William Shakespeare, Hamlet

Summer storms in Michigan approach “anon the thunder.”

Uncertain Glory

It seems that summer has haltingly arrived in Michigan, following a long, cool spring that lingered well past its welcome and reminded me of the Bard’s lament.  This local lake is, fortunately, only a short drive for me.

O, how this spring of love resembleth
The uncertain glory of a May day;
Which now shows all the beauty of the sun,
And by and by a cloud takes all away.

Shakespeare, The Two Gentlemen of Verona

Newburgh Lake, Michigan

All the World Will Be in Love with Night

Come, gentle night, come, loving, black-browed night,
Give me my Romeo. And when he shall die,
Take him and cut him out in little stars,
And he will make the face of heaven so fine
That all the world will be in love with night
And pay no worship to the garish sun.

April 23 traditionally marks William Shakespeare’s birthday, so a belated greeting in memory of the Bard.   From Romeo and Juliet, one of my favorite passages.

Newburgh Lake, Michigan