[Milton-L] John Shawcross

Larry Isitt isitt at cofo.edu
Sat Jan 9 16:16:52 EST 2010

A perfect posting for a perfect gentleman and top scholar.

From: milton-l-bounces at lists.richmond.edu [milton-l-bounces at lists.richmond.edu] On Behalf Of Carol Barton [cbartonphd1 at verizon.net]
Sent: Friday, January 08, 2010 4:03 PM
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Subject: Re: [Milton-L] John Shawcross

I offer this as an open tribute to John, Steve. There are no other
words . . .

A NOISELESS, patient spider,
I mark'd, where, on a little promontory, it stood, isolated;
Mark'd how, to explore the vacant, vast surrounding,
It launch'd forth filament, filament, filament, out of itself;
Ever unreeling them-ever tirelessly speeding them.          5

And you, O my Soul, where you stand,
Surrounded, surrounded, in measureless oceans of space,
Ceaselessly musing, venturing, throwing,-seeking the spheres, to
connect them;
Till the bridge you will need, be form'd-till the ductile anchor hold;
Till the gossamer thread you fling, catch somewhere, O my Soul.

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