Summer is coming (Dora Read Goodale)

Dolce far niente


Spring (Apple Blossoms) door Sir John Everett Millais, 1859


Summer is coming

“Summer is coming!” the soft breezes whisper;
“Summer is coming!” the glad birdies sing,
Summer is coming – I hear her quick footsteps,
Take your last look at the beautiful Spring!

Lightly she steps from her throne in the woodlands,
“Summer is coming, and I cannot stay;
Two of my children have crept from my bosom,
April has left me but lingering May.

“What tho’ bright Summer is crownèd with roses?
Deep in the forest Arbutus doth hide;
I am the herald of all the rejoicing,
Why must June always disown me?” she cried.

Down in the meadow she stoops to the daisies,
Plucks the first bloom from the apple tree’s bough,
“Autumn will rob me of all the sweet apples;
I will take one from her store of them now.”

Summer is coming! I hear the glad echo,
Clearly it rings o’er the mountain and plain,
Sorrowful Spring leaves the beautiful woodlands,
Bright, happy Summer begins her sweet reign.


Dora Read Goodale (29 oktober 1866 – 12 december 1953)
Mount Washington, Massachusetts, waar Dora Read Goodale werd geboren.


Zie voor de schrijvers van de 29e mei ook mijn vorige blog van vandaag.

André Brink, Eduard Escoffet, G. K. Chesterton, Bernard Clavel, T. H. White, Hans Weigel, Alfonsina Storni

De Zuid-Afrikaanse schrijver André Brink werd geboren op 29 mei 1935 in Vrede. Zie ook alle tags voor André Brink op dit blog.

Uit: A dry white season

“I had never been so close to death before.
For a long time, as I lay there trying to clear my mind, I couldn’t think coherently at all, conscious only of a terrible, blind bitterness. Why had they singled me out? Didn’t they understand? Had everything I’d gone through on their behalf been utterly in vain? Did it really count for nothing? What had happened to logic, meaning and sense?
But I feel much calmer now. It helps to discipline oneself like this, writing it down to see it set out on paper, to try and weigh it and find some significance in it.
Prof Bruwer: There are only two kinds of madness one should guard against, Ben. One is the belief that we can do everything. The other is the belief that we can do nothing.
I wanted to help. Right. I meant it very sincerely. But I wanted to do it on my terms. And I am white, and they are black. I thought it was still possible to reach beyond our whiteness and blackness. I thought that to reach out and touch hands across the gulf would be sufficient in itself. But I grasped so little, really: as if good intentions from my side could solve it all. It was presumptuous of me. In an ordinary world, in a natural one, I might have succeeded. But not in this deranged, divided age. I can do all I can for Gordon or scores of others who have come to me; I can imagine myself in their shoes, I can project myself into their suffering.
But I cannot, ever, live their lives for them. So what else could come of it but failure?
Whether I like it or not, whether I feel like cursing my own condition or not — and that would only serve to confirm my impotence — I am white. This is the small, final, terrifying truth of my broken world.
I am white. And because I am white I am born into a state of privilege. Even if I fight the system that has reduced us to this I remain white, and favored by the very circumstances I abhor“.

André Brink (29 mei 1935 – 6 februari 2015)
Hier met J.M. Coetzee (links)

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Joel Benton

De Amerikaanse dichter, schrijver en publicist Joel Benton werd geboren op 29 mei 1832 in het kleine stadje Amenia, in county New York. Hij volgde tot 1851 een opleiding aan het Amenia Seminarium. Op 19-jarige leeftijd werd hij aangesteld als redacteur van de pas opgerichte “Amenia Times”. Hij heeft ook stukken bijgedragen aan de krant “The Mercure”. Benton was een grote fan van krantenuitgever Horace Greeley; In 1872 keerde hij terug naar de journalistiek om Greeley tijdens zijn presidentiële campagne te ondersteunen. Gedurende zijn hele literaire carrière bleef hij bijdragen naar Greeley’s “New York Tribune” sturen. Achttien jaar van zijn leven werkte Benton als hoofd an een middelbare school. Vervolgens werd hij toezichthouder voor de stad waarin hij woonde. Volgens zijn overlijdensbericht in de Amenia Times was er gedurende de jaren 1850 en 1860 een literatuurbureau in zijn geboortestad, dat mensen zoals Horace Greeley, Margaret Fuller, Emerson, Thoreau en anderen aantrok … en werden er veel van deze notabelen in het huis van Benton ontvangen. In 1883 vertrok Benton naar Minnesota en schreef daar twee jaar voor de kranten in Chicago en St. Paul. Hij verhuisde terug naar Poughkeepsie, New York, in 1885 en bracht zijn resterende jaren door met literaire bezigheden. Hij publiceerde diverse boeken, waaronder “Emerson as a Poet” (1883), “Greeley on Lincoln” (1893), “In the Poe Circle” (1899), “Life of P. T. Barnum” (1902) en “Memories of the Twilight Club” ( (1909).

At Chappaqua

His cherished woods are mute. The stream glides down
The hill as when I knew it years ago;
The dark, pine arbor with its priestly gown
Stands hushed, as if our grief it still would show;
The silver springs are cupless, and the flow
Of friendly feet no more bereaves the grass,
For he is absent who was wont to pass
Along this wooded path. His axe’s blow
No more disturbs the impertinent bole or bough;
Nor moves his pen our heedless nation now,
Which, sworn to justice, stirred the people so.
In some far world his much-loved face must glow
With rapture still. This breeze once fanned his brow.
This is the peaceful Mecca all men know!



Sea-like in billowy distance, far away
The half-broke prairies stretch on every hand;
How wide the circuit of their summer day–
What measureless acres of primeval land,
Treeless and birdless, by no eyesight spanned!
Looking along the horizon’s endless line
Man seems a pigmy in these realms of space;
No segment of our planet–so divine–
Turns up such beauty to the moon’s fair face!
Here are soft grasses, flowers of tender hue,
Palimpsests of the old and coming race,
Vistas most wonderful, and vast and new;
And see–above–where giant lightnings play,
From what an arch the sun pours forth the day!

Joel Benton (29 mei 1832 – 15 september 1911)
Downtown Amenia (Geen portret beschikbaar)