Tuesday, July 17, 2012

We are the music makers...

Much discussion here in San Diego of the future, global warming, and our role in shaping the world, if can save it before it's too late. In the meantime, I watched Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, where you may have heard, "We are the music makers, and we are the dreamers of dreams." I knew long ago this was by O'Shaugnessy, but a little digging turned up the whole poem.

Please read it here. And if you do, read through to the end - which I read as a dire call-to-action and warning all at once. I post the first and last stanzas here in any case:

We are the music makers,
  And we are the dreamers of dreams,
Wandering by lone sea-breakers,
  And sitting by desolate streams;—
World-losers and world-forsakers,     5
  On whom the pale moon gleams:
Yet we are the movers and shakers
  Of the world for ever, it seems.

Great hail! we cry to the comers     65
  From the dazzling unknown shore;
Bring us hither your sun and your summers;
  And renew our world as of yore;
You shall teach us your song's new numbers,
  And things that we dreamed not before:     70
Yea, in spite of a dreamer who slumbers,
  And a singer who sings no more.

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