Virginia Barton

3 October 2013: Fame

 

3 October 2013

 

Byron_1824Byron wrote in 1819:

What is the end of fame? It is but to fill
A certain portion of uncertain paper:
Some liken it to climbing up a hill,
Whose summit, like all hills, is lost in vapour.

 

And Luke Howard, amateur meteorologist, wrote the year before on the same subject:

Fame is, alas! a tinsel shred
Bound on the temples of the dead,
Full dearly bought with peace of mind
To envy and to care resign’d.

 

Incidentally, Howard wrote that in My Ledger, or, a compromise with prudence.

(Presumably, his Commonplaces.  Is mine a compromise with prudence? Never thought of it that way but I like it!)

 

 

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