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Branch of beech buds with light shining through them.


While there’s life there’s hope

Terence (c.165 BCE)


Hope and change intertwine. In spring, so much hope, so much promise, such rapid change in temperate climes. Symbolised Lotus buds rising above muddy water. A page on symbols.

delicately by beech buds in May. Hope is ever present and profoundly essential to human life. Our lives, every action, rests on change: Ferris Wheel and statue. A page on the importance of change in our lives. no change, no loss; Sun setting down a river. Aurelius, another Roman writer, links change to loss. no change, no hope.

Such a well used line as this inevitably has no exact source, but it is normally attributed to Publius Terentius Afer (Terence) whose play The Self-Tormentor has the lines “...So we only live, there’s hope–...” at Act 5 Scene II. It is thought that Terence’s play may have been inspired by, or a translation of, a play, now lost, by the prolific Greek playwright Menander..

These buds were at the edge of Gallowhill woods by Moffat in southern Scotland.

Above, hovering on blue introduces a link: click to go, move away to stay.


Saturday 16th October 2021

Murphy on duty to this site