Tuesday, September 26, 2006

Blair's final conference address...

yet observ'd
Their dread Commander: he above the rest
In shape and gesture proudly eminent
Stood like a Towr; his form had yet not lost
All her Original brightness, nor appear'd
Less then Arch Angel ruind
, and th' excess
Of Glory obscur'd: As when the Sun new ris'n
Looks through the Horizontal misty Air
Shorn of his Beams, or from behind the Moon
In dim Eclips disastrous twilight sheds
On half the Nations, and with fear of change
Perplexes Monarchs. Dark'n'd so, yet shon
Above them all
th' Arch Angel: but his face
Deep scars of Thunder had intrencht, and care
Sat on his faded cheek
, but under Browes
Of dauntless courage, and considerate Pride
Waiting revenge: cruel his eye, but cast
Signs of remorse and passion to behold
The fellows of his crime
, the followers rather
(Far other once beheld in bliss) condemn'd
For ever now to have their lot in pain,
Millions of Spirits for his fault amerc't
Of Heav'n, and from Eternal Splendors flung
For his revolt, yet faithfull how they stood,
Their Glory witherd
. As when Heavens Fire
Hath scath'd the Forrest Oaks, or Mountain Pines,
With singed top their stately growth though bare
Stands on the blasted Heath. He now prepar'd
To speak
; whereat their doubl'd Ranks they bend
From Wing to Wing, and half enclose him round
With all his Peers: attention held them mute.

(Sorry Mr Milton...)

2 Comments:

Anonymous insatiable yucca said...

im watchin it now - i must admit, when he listed the ways in which britain changed in those ten years, it was hard to resist...

9/26/2006 06:10:00 pm  
Anonymous Jawbox said...

Yeah, it's Blair's greatest gift: even I, who doesn't remember as such his glory days and has disliked/detested him for as long as I've had an interest in politics, felt like giving him a standing ovation at the end. Like many others, probably.

9/26/2006 11:35:00 pm  

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