“Like vibrations of a bell …”

Certainty, fidelity
On the stroke of midnight pass
Like vibrations of a bell,
And fashionable madmen raise
Their pedantic boring cry:
Every farthing of the cost,
All the dreaded cards foretell,
Shall be paid …

— from W. H. Auden’s “Lullaby”



deeath and the maiden

Death and the Maiden, George Clark Stanton, 19th Century.

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