Technology Illuminates a Soaring Heart

by Rosemary Gray-Snelgrove and Michael Bartlett

My only contribution this week will be to introduce you to Mike Bartlett, a man who is an brilliant accountant and gamesman, and an adult convert to the Christian life. We worked together at Yonge Street Mission. In his semi- retirement he has redisccovered an enjoyment of poetry, doing some writing himself but also finding pleasure in old poems recalled. But being a leading-edge kind of guy, he tried out the potential of the computer in finding remembered lines, and discovering differences in renditions.

So this is his account of his finding a workable process, and he shares some lines that he has rediscovered.

For those of you who have followed this blog, you may find that some of the lines have a more Victorian certainty about life than I’ve ever displayed. “Sweet delight” and “endless night” are visited upon some at birth, the poet Blake suggests. Ah, unfair! Do what we can to dispel the endless night – if invited. Like Joni, we are designed to arrive at a point of looking at life from both – or many – sides, given half a chance.

Thank you, Mike.
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    The Heart Leaps Up


by Mike Bartlett

I told you of the splendid time I had in surfing for “The Child is father of the Man” leading to studying Wordsworth’s “My heart leaps up” ….

Well I had another such time this morning.

This time it was in Blake’s “Auguries of Innocence” – a total coincidence, having fumbled for a poetry book to read before getting up, and randomly finding this.

I came to a couplet that drove me to surf for a certain song because of a very vivid incident it brought to mind, then wrote a comment on Youtube – see *(a) below.

Then I read further in the poem and came to lines that haunted me since reading Agatha Christies “Nemesis” dozens of years ago – see (b) below.

Then further on in the same poem led to great surf sessions to unravel two couplets that mystified me, one successfully – see (d) below…

And one that’s still unresolved – (c) below, but 2 hours have flown by and I need breakfast!

This is brought to you with the possibility one of you may find it interesting or enriching; I just needed to share it!
I’ve typed parts the way they were written

    Praise Him

*(a) my comment to the Youtube uploader of Praise Him Praise Him All ye little children”

My most vivid recollection of this song was 35 years ago. I was shopping at Grand and Toy and my three-year-old son was sitting on the floor at the store 15-20 feet away from me singing it while I was stooping looking for something. A twentyish angry young man stormed by loudly saying “what a fool”. That scene often comes back to me. This very morning, twenty minutes ago I was reading a poem by Blake and I came across these lines – “He who mocks the Infant’s Faith / Shall be mocked in Age and Death“. I arose and came to my computer to google this chorus. I just read the poem further -“some are Born to sweet delight / Some are Born to Endless Night“.

Once again saddened for that angry young man.

    The Winner’s Shout, the Loser’s Curse

(b) poignant verse repeated and woven thru “Nemesis”.

The Winner’s shout, the Loser’s Curse
Dance before dead England’s Hearse.

Every Night and every Morn
Some to Misery are Born

Every Morn and every Night
Some are Born to sweet delight

Some are Born to sweet delight
Some are Born to Endless Night

    Internet Surfing Clarifies!

Then (c) and (d) – partially understood lines leading to good voyage of discovery by internet surfing:

(d) We are led to Believe a Lie
When we see not Thro’ the eye
Which was Born in a Night to perish in a Night
When the Soul Slept in Beams of Light

God Appears & God is Light
To those poor Souls who dwell in Night
(c) But does a Human Form Display
To those who Dwell in Realms of day.

from Mike

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References:
http://www.resurgence.org/magazine/article583-flaws-of-perception.html
= fabulously interesting and he puts an extra “with, and” that possibly makes it more understandable. When we see with, and not through the eye

(d) We are led to Believe a Lie
When we see not Thro’ the eye
Which was Born in a Night to perish in a Night
When the Soul Slept in Beams of Light [still mystified!]
God Appears & God is Light
To those poor Souls who dwell in Night

(c) But does a Human Form Display
To those who Dwell in Realms of day.
http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20100501182148AAWvIRv

(look under “Best answer”)

(e) the whole poem
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Auguries_of_Innocence

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2 Comments

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2 responses to “Technology Illuminates a Soaring Heart

  1. Diana Buck

    I dream’t death came the other night and heavens gate swung wide
    With kindly grace and angel, ushered me inside
    And there to my astonishment stood folks I’d known on earth
    some I’d judged and labeled as unfit or little worth’
    Indignant words rose to my lips but never were set free,
    For every face showed stunned surprise
    No one expected me!
    Annon.

    It’s my favorite reminder of a life that I badly judged.
    Diana

  2. I have a question for the poetry-lovers among you. It’s something I’ve tried to find a couple of times, expecting it to be easy, but without success. I’m pretty sure it was T.S. Eliot, and a poem we were assigned in high school or how else would I know it. The narrator(?) pulls a bit of a fast one by suddenly talking about someone having walked across his heart with “hob-nailed boots”. I’m pretty sure I have that last phrase right, and it should be perfect for googling but I can’t get it to come up.

    Anyone?

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