[B-Greek] "Take it as it comes ... "

George F Somsel gfsomsel at yahoo.com
Sat Oct 31 15:36:28 EDT 2009

Whose woods these are I think I know,
His house is in the village though.
He will not see me stopping here,
To watch his woods fill up with snow.

My little horse must think it queer,
To stop without a farmhouse near,
Between the woods and frozen lake,
The darkest evening of the year.

This was the last poem I recited to my mother on Dec 21 ("the darkest evening of the year") prior to her death the following Jan 31.

… search for truth, hear truth, 
learn truth, love truth, speak the truth, hold the truth, 
defend the truth till death.

- Jan Hus

From: Mark Lightman <lightmanmark at yahoo.com>
To: B-Greek <b-greek at lists.ibiblio.org>; Carl Conrad <cwconrad2 at mac.com>
Sent: Sat, October 31, 2009 12:04:43 PM
Subject: Re: [B-Greek] "Take it as it comes ... "

--- On Thu, 10/29/09, Carl Conrad <cwconrad2 at mac.com> wrote:

<Michael Gilleland, old curmudgeon, "Laudator temporis acti," has a  
nice postt this morning knocking one of my pet peeves -- reading Greek  
as "decoding" a cryptographic text.

"One of my Greek teachers used to say, at least once during every  
class, "Take it as it comes," by which he meant, "Try to understand  
the Greek words in the order in which they appear." Years later, I am  
still trying to follow this wise counsel. My natural tendency is not  
to "take it as it comes," but to skip around, to find the main clause  
with subject and verb first. ... ">
Hi, Carl.
Would the Greeks, to get even, decode Mr. Frost thus?
"I think I know whose woods these are, though
his house is in the villiage."
Mark L

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