The curfew tolls the knell of parting day,
The lowing herd wind slowly o’er the lea,
The ploughman homeward plods his weary way,
And leaves the world to darkness and to me.
Thomas Gray (1750)
Dawn and dusk offer us dependable opportunities A page with more on the theme of the space dawn and dusk provide for reflection. to connect to the natural world, This bucolic scene stands in contrast to the urban life of most human beings. and maybe to more A number of pages take up the theme of what else there is besides 'this'. than that world. In their inexorable regularity we find a safe anchorage; a haven protected a little from life’s turmoil. The constancy of change is a familiar topic in the east and the west. That stillness allows sights and sounds that we regard as beautiful. While we may or may not claim to understand such beauty, we seem universally to assent to the importance of these experiences. Beauty, our home That our 'home' might be in this very flux seems a hard lesson for most of us. in the natural world, and time, come to us inextricably bound A page with more on the wonder we find in the world which seems to bind it together. together.
‘Elegy written in a country churchyard’ was composed when Gray was 34, he died in 1771.
Children herding their buffalo home at dusk near National Route 32 in Yên Bái Province, northern Vietnam.
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