A Country Rag ~ Word Preserve Volume 8
Graphic above: Lovesong, acrylic by Jeannette Harris
"... Let not Cæsar's servile minions/ Mock the lion thus laid low;/ 'Twas no foeman's arm that fell'd him,/ 'Twas his own that struck the blow;/ His who, pillow'd on thy bosom,/ Turn'd aside from glory's ray,/ His who, drunk with thy caresses,/ Madly threw a world away..../ As for thee, star-eyed Egyptian,/ Glorious sorceress of the Nile,/ Light the path to Stygian horrors/ With the splendors of thy smile./ Give the Cæsar crowns and arches,/ Let his brow the laurel twine;/ I can scorn the Senate's triumphs,/ Triumphing in love like thine." -- Antony and Cleopatra by William Haines Lytle
"... If you love her then you must send her/ Somewhere where she's never been before" -- Words of Love by Mamas and The Papas
".... And she shows you where to look/ Among the garbage and the flowers/ There are heroes in the seaweed/ There are children in the morning/ They are leaning out for love/ And they will lean that way forever/ While Suzanne holds the mirror/ And you want to travel with her/ And you want to travel blind/ And you know that you can trust her/ For she's touched your perfect body/ with her mind." -- Suzanne by Leonard Cohen
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"This train is bound for glory, this train./ This train is bound for glory, this train./ This train is bound for glory,/ Don't carry nothing but the righteous and the holy./ This train is bound for glory, this train./ This train don't carry no gamblers, this train;/ This train don't carry no gamblers, this train;/ This train don't carry no gamblers,/ Liars, thieves, nor big shot ramblers,/ This train is bound for glory, this train./ This train don't carry no liars, this train;/ This train don't carry no liars, this train;/ This train don't carry no liars,/ She's streamlined and a midnight flyer,/ This train don't carry no liars, this train./ This train don't carry no smokers, this train;/ This train don't carry no smokers, this train/ This train don't carry no smokers,/ Two bit liars, small time jokers,/ This train don't carry no smokers, this train./ This train don't carry no con men, this train;/ This train don't carry no con men, this train;/ This train don't carry no con men,/ No wheeler dealers, here and gone men,/ This train don't carry no con men, this train./ This train don't carry no rustlers, this train;/ This train don't carry no rustlers, this train;/ This train don't carry no rustlers,/ Sidestreet walkers, two bit hustlers,/ This train is bound for glory, this train."
-- This Train by Woody Guthrie
"Follow your own footsteps/ Learn from the rivers,/ The trees and the rocks./ Honor the Christ,/ the Buddlha,/ your brothers and sisters./ Honor the Earth Mother and the Great Spirit./ Honor yourself and all of creation./ Look with the eyes of your soul and engage the essential."
-- Inca Q'ero shamans (quoted in Phenomenon by Sylvia Browne, 2005)
by Wilson Roberts
Peaks of Utter
by Dave Waldrop
""All through here is what, for lack of a better word, is a power vortex. There is a great deal of medicine here because this was the home of our forefathers. When I go out to my circle in the back to pray every morning, I give thanks for every footfall upon this land, every prayer that was ever prayed, every song that was ever sung, every beat of the drum that has ever been heard here, every ceremony that has ever been done here, and every bone that lies beneath the breast of the Mother. Because it all happened here, and there is great wisdom here."
-- Cherokee elder Grandmother Red Leaf, "Finding Your Past" in new life journal, December/January 2008, Asheville, NC
"We've been recipients of the choicest bounties of heaven; we have grown in numbers, in wealth and power as no other nation has ever grown. But we have forgotten God. We have forgotten the gracious Hand which preserved us. Intoxicated with unbroken success, we have become too proud to pray to the God that made us. It has seemed to me fit and proper that God should be reverently and gratefully acknowledged by all American people. I do therefore invite my fellow citizens, in every part of the United States, to set apart the last Thursday of November as a day of Thanksgiving and praise to our loving Father who dwelleth in the heavens."
-- Abraham Lincoln, 1863
"Treat the Earth well.
It was not given to you by your Ancestors.
It was loaned to you by your Children.
We do not inherit the Earth from our Ancestors.
We borrow it from our Children."
-- ancient Native American proverb
"As a grain of dust is the earth, and a breath of air the atmosphere, so you are in me and I am in you."
-- James Dillet Freeman, Unity poet laureate, Hymn for a Sunrise Service
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