Have you seen but a bright lily grow Before rude hands have touched it?
Have you marked but the fall of snow
Before the soil hath smutched it?
Have you felt the wool of beaver,
Or swan's down ever?
Or have smelt o' the bud o' the brier,
Or the nard in the fire?
Or have tasted the bag of the bee?
O so white, O so soft, O so sweet is she!



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    General CommentWritten by Robert Johnson and performed by Sting on Songs From the Labyrinth—makes me think of Kate’s:

    I said
    "Lily, Oh Lily I'm so afraid
    I fear I am walking in the Veil of Darkness"
    And she said
    "Child, take what I say
    With a pinch of salt
    And protect yourself with fire"
    sillybunnyon August 17, 2006   Link
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    General CommentActually I have seen the bright lily grow and I can’t say that it’s been the easiest thing to watch. Doesn’t life get any better for her?
    Perhaps not but it seems like things might be better if there was a decrease in the number of mixed messages that seem to surface. I mean if no news is good news but news that might be misunderstood is plentiful, why not keep the news that she wouldn’t get to yourself? Why paint pictures of what isn’t going to happen? Makes it seem like a creepy little taunt rather than something constructive. You know? Oh, this will happen and that will happen and maybe—by some far stretch of the imagination—something similar will happen but by the time it does, you’d have to pretty well see that it’s been stripped down of all its glamour and allure with just the hard work remaining ….
    It’s one way to get hard work done.
    Too bad there’s not a better way than this to handle it. We’ve got icky things to do but no one will do them so let’s lie to Lily … she won’t care.
    But I think she does!
    Wouldn’t you? Oh—it’s nonsense talk. Forget it. .
    sillybunnyon August 21, 2006   Link
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    General Comment'Have you seen the bright lily grow' is something of an oddity in that the hand of Dowland is not featured on this track which has lyrics by the poet Benjamin Jonson and was composed by Robert Johnson (the son of John Johnson who took the job of court lutenist that Dowland so coveted).

    [sting.com]
    sillybunnyon October 02, 2006   Link

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