Core: noun, the most important part of a thing, the essence; from the Latin cor, meaning heart.

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 Volume 1.11 This View’s Poetry April 22, 2002 


    Days Too Short    
         
   

When primroses are out in Spring,
  And small, blue violets come between;
  When merry birds sing on boughs green,
And rills, as soon as born, must sing;

When butterflies will make side-leaps,
  As though escaped from Nature’s hand
  Ere perfect quite; and bees will stand
Upon their heads in fragrant deeps;

When small clouds are so silvery white
  Each seems a broken rimmèd moon —
  When such things are, this world too soon,
For me, doth wear the veil of Night.

   
         
    William Henry Davies (b. 1871)    
    Modern British Poetry # 68
ed. Louis Untermeyer
   

    To Violets    
         
   

Welcome, maids of honour!
    You do bring
    In the spring,
And wait upon her.

She has virgins many,
    Fresh and fair;
    Yet you are
More sweet than any.

You’re the maiden posies,
    And so graced
    To be placed
’Fore damask roses.

Yet, though thus respected,
    By-and-by
    Ye do lie,
Poor girls, neglected.

   
         
    Robert Herrick (1591-1674)    
    Oxford Book of English Verse (1900) # 251
ed. Arthur Quiller-Couch
   

    Triad    
         
    From the Silence of Time, Time’s Silence borrow.
In the heart of To-day is the word of To-morrow.
The Builders of Joy are the Children of Sorrow.
   
         
    William Sharp (1856-1902)    
    Oxford Book of English Mystical Verse p. 400    


 Volume 1.11 This View’s Poetry April 22, 2002 





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Cor ad cor loquitur J. H. Newman — “Heart speaks to heart”