Friday, February 10, 2017

Industrialism: Losing More Than We Have Gained?

It is a question we need to ask as scenes like this in the South, and elsewhere in the world, are becoming more and more rare.

Brunswick, Ga., April 18, 1875.                         
My dear Mrs. Peacock: Such a three days' dolce far niente as I'm 
having! With a plenty of love, — wife's, bairns', and brother's, — and no 
end of trees and vines, what more should a work-battered man desire, in 
this divine atmosphere which seems like a great sigh of pleasure from 
some immense Lotos in the vague South? The little house, by one of whose 
windows I am writing, stands in one corner of an open square which is 
surrounded by an unbroken forest of oaks, of all manner of clambering 
and twining things, and of pines, — not the dark, gloomy pines of the 
Pennsylvania mountains, but tall masses of vivid emerald all in a glitter 
with the more brilliant green of the young buds and cones; the sun is 
shining with a hazy and absent-minded face, as if he were thinking of some 
quite other star than this poor earth; occasionally a little wind comes 
along, not warm, but unspeakably bland, bringing strange scents rather of 
leaves than of flowers; the mocking-birds are all singing, but singing sotto 
voce, and a distant cock crows as if he didn't mean to crow, but only to 
yawn luxuriously; an old mauma over in the neighborhood is singing, as 
she sets about washing in her deliberate way, something like this: — 
[See, p. 
13, for Mr Lanier’s music bars, which we were not able to include here--
persistently rejecting all the semitones of the D minor in which she is 
singing (as I have observed all the barbaric music does, as far as it can), 
and substituting the stronger C for the C#; and now my little four-year-
old comes in from feeding the pony and the goat, and writhes into my lap, 
and inquires with great interest, "Papa, can you whistle backwards?" by 
which I find, after a puzzled inquiry, that he means to ask if I can whistle 
by drawing my breath in, instead of forcing it out, — an art in which he 
proceeds to instruct me with a great show of superiority: and now he 
leaves, and the whole world is still again, except the bird's lazy song and 
old mauma's monotonous crooning. 
 . . . 

Source: Letters of Sidney Lanier,, opened 7 Feb. 2017


Holy Ælfred the Great, King of England, South Patron, pray for us sinners at the Souð!

Anathema to the Union!

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