#ASonnetADay – 33. “Full many a glorious morning have I seen…”

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  1. Grant M says:

    ‘These eggs, Jeeves,’ I said. ‘Very good. Very tasty.’

    ‘Yes, sir?’

    ‘Laid, no doubt, by contented hens. And the coffee, perfect. Nor must I omit to give a word of praise to the bacon. I wonder if you notice anything about me this morning.’

    ‘You seem in good spirits, sir.’

    ‘Yes, Jeeves, I am happy today.’

    ‘I am very glad to hear it, sir.’

    ‘You might say I’m sitting on top of the world with a rainbow round my shoulder.’

    ‘A most satisfactory state of affairs, sir.’

    ‘What’s the word I’ve heard you use from time to time – begins with eu?’

    ‘Euphoria, sir?’

    ‘That’s the one. I’ve seldom had a sharper attack of euphoria. I feel full to the brim of Vitamin B. Mind you, I don’t know how long it will last. Too often it is when one feels fizziest that the storm clouds begin doing their stuff.’

    ‘Very true, sir. Full many a glorious morning have I seen flatter the mountain tops with sovereign eye, kissing with golden face the meadows green, gilding pale streams with heavenly alchemy, Anon permit the basest clouds to ride with ugly rack on his celestial face and from the forlorn world his visage hide, stealing unseen to west with this disgrace.’

    ‘Exactly,’ I said. I couldn’t have put it better myself. ‘One always has to budget for a change in the weather. Still, the thing to do is to keep on being happy while you can.’

    ‘Precisely, sir. Carpe diem, the Roman poet Horace advised. The English poet Herrick expressed the same sentiment when he suggested that we should gather rosebuds while we may. Your elbow is in the butter, sir.’

    ‘Oh, thank you, Jeeves.’

    (Much Obliged, Jeeves.)

  2. Kathleen10 says:

    oh my goodness….laugh…out….loud…..that’s hilarious, I never heard it. The old films can be plumbed now, for great dialogue, because we sure aren’t going to get it from anything contemporary.
    The sonnets are beautiful, and you’re a great priest.

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