Friday, June 23, 2006


At 0620 on June 23rd seven balloons took off and floated gently over Stratford - in the balloons the Sky orchestra played music specially composed for the occasion by Dan Jones, the music interspersed with readings by Patrick Stewart and Janet Suzman from The Tempest and The Midsummer Night's Dream.
All right, I have to confess this is hearsay. I missed the event, not through over-sleeping but because it was postponed from Midsummer's Day because the wind was forecast as too strong. [In fact, Midsummer morning was warm and calm]. Anyhow, Sonnet XXXIII seems appropriate

Full many a glorious morning have I seen
Flatter the mountain tops with sovereign eye,
Kissing with golden face the meadows green,
Gilding pale streams with heavenly alchemy;
Anon permit the basest clouds to ride
With ugly rack on his celestial face,
And from the forlorn world his visage hide,
Stealing unseen to west with this disgrace:
Even so my sun one early morn did shine,
With all triumphant splendour on my brow;
But out, alack, he was but one hour mine,
The region cloud hath mask'd him from me now,
Yet him for this my love no whit disdaineth;
Suns of the world may stain when heaven's sun staineth.


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