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Sunday, June 29, 2014

Sunday Guest: the Phoenix


From: CS Lewis' The Magician's Nephew (The Chronicles of Narnia)

The quote: There, on a branch above his head, a wonderful bird was roosting. I say "roosting" because it seemed almost asleep; perhaps not quite. The tiniest slit of one eye was open. It was larger than an eagle, its breast saffron, its head crested with scarlet, and its tail purple.
"And it just shows," said Digory afterwards when he was telling the story to others, "that you can't be too careful in these magical places. You never know what may be watching you."

350 years before: Poscia a volo s'inalza, e siede in cima
De l'arbore frondosa, e quinci intorno
La selva tutta signoreggia e mira.
__Torquato Tasso, Il Mondo Creato 5: 1358-1360

300 years before: Thence up he flew, and on the Tree of Life,
The middle Tree and highest there that grew,
Sat like a Cormorant . . .
Beneath him with new wonder now he views
To all delight of human sense expos'd
 In narrow room Nature's whole wealth, yea more,
A Heaven on Earth . . .
__John Milton, Paradise Lost 4: 194 ff