(Thomas À Kempis, 1379-1471)
Love is a great thing, yea, a great and thorough good. By itself it makes that is heavy light; and it bears evenly all that is uneven.
It carries a burden which is no burden; it will not be kept back by anything low and mean; it desires to be free from all wordly affections, and not to be entangled by any outward prosperity, or by any adversity subdued.
Love feels no burden, thinks nothing of trouble, attempts what is above its strength, pleads no excuse of impossibility. It is therefore able to undertake all things, and it completes many things, and warrants them to take effect, where he who does not love would faint and lie down.
Though weary, it is not tired; though pressed it is not straitened; though alarmed, it is not confounded; but as a living flame it forces itself upwards and securely passes through all.
Tommy Emmanuel, Questions
Carl Sandburg, Joy, 1916
Ranier Maria Rilke, Love Song, 1907
Freddy Kempf plays Chopin, Etude, op. 10, no. 3, Tristesse
Frederic Chopin, Nocturne, no. 1 in B-flat minor, op. 9Vladamir Ashkenazy plays Chopin, Waltz in C-sharp minor, op 64. no. 2_________________The Only Gift
The model for Catherine's father's home in Sutton Place
Antique, sterling silver and gilt book box or "book casket"
Romeo and Juliet Act 2, Scene 2, lines 23-25
Christina Rossetti, Monna Innominata, A Sonnet of Sonnets #4 - I loved you first...
Imagined painting inspired by this drawing by Sue Krinard
Tommy Emmanuel and Richard Smith