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"Joyful Curmudgeon" An oxymoron?
No! I see all the beauty of God's creation and I'm joyful.  At the same time, I see all the suffering and corruption going on in the world, and feel called to help expose and end it so that we may have true peace and compassion.


“The World Is Too Much With Us” – 14 May 2007
By Mary T. Hoffman

It’s such a beautiful day today! Down by the lake, our lilacs are in bloom and their perfume fills the air. I wonder if it was a day like this that inspired William Wordsworth, who lived in England’s Lake Country, to write his poems about nature. From what I’ve read about him, he was a “searcher,” too. Toward the end of his life, he was appointed Poet Laureate and became conservative, both religiously and politically.

The World Is Too Much With Us
By William Wordsworth (1770-1850)

The World is too much with us; late and soon,
Getting and spending, we lay waste our powers;
Little we see in nature that is ours;
We have given our hearts away, a sordid boon!
This sea that bares her bosom to the moon;
The winds that will be howling at all hours,
And are up-gathered now like sleeping flowers;
For this, for everything, we are out of tune;
It moves us not.—Great God! I’d rather be
A Pagan suckled in a creed outworn,
So might I, standing on this pleasant lea,
Have glimpses that would make me less forlorn;
Have sight of Proteus rising from the sea,
Or hear old Triton blow his wreathèd horn.

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