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Be still, my soul; the Lord is on thy side;
Bear patiently the cross of grief or pain;
Leave to thy God to order and provide;
In every change He faithful will remain.
Be still, my soul; thy best, thy heavenly, Friend
Through thorny ways leads to a joyful end.

Be still, my soul; thy God doth undertake
To guide the future as He has the past.
Thy hope, thy confidence, let nothing shake;
All now mysterious shall be bright at last.
Be still, my soul; the waves and winds still know
His voice who ruled them while He dwelt below.

Be still, my soul, though dearest friends depart
And all is darkened in the vale of tears;
Then shalt thou better know His love, His heart,
Who comes to soothe thy sorrows and thy fears.
Be still, my soul; thy Jesus can repay
From His own fullness all He takes away.

Be still, my soul; the hour is hastening on
When we shall be forever with the Lord,
When disappointment, grief, and fear are gone,
Sorrow forgot, love’s purest joys restored.
Be still, my soul; when change and tears are past,
All safe and blessed we shall meet at last.

Hymn #651
The Lutheran Hymnal
Text: Psalm 46:10
Author: Catharina Amalia Dorothea von Schlegel, 1752, cento
Translated by: Jane Borthwick, 1855

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(c) Mobeen Ansari; Stars over Lashkargaz, Broghil Valley, Wakhan Corridor, Pakistan

“And so we came forth, and once again beheld the stars.”

– Dante’s Inferno

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The dark wood

“In the middle of the journey of our life
I found myself in a dark wood,
For I had lost the right path.”

– Dante’s Inferno

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Sorma..

ah bu yangın beni öldürüyor yavaş yavaş
kor kor ateşler yanıyor içimde
aşkı beni kül ediyor…..

(Oh this fire is killing me slowly
Embered fire is burning inside of me
Your love is turning me into dust)

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Yes, I can relate to what John Wilson is saying in these verses. I have been trying to catch up on my reading. The neuroscience book that I started reading will need more time for me to finish. In the meantime, I have started reading another book which I have had since Oct 2008. While I was reading John Wilson’s verses, I was also reminded of one of Omar Khayyam’s rubaiyat (quatrains), as translated by Edward FitzGerald.

“A Book of Verses underneath the Bough,
A Jug of Wine, a Loaf of Bread–and Thou
Beside me singing in the Wilderness–
Oh, Wilderness were Paradise enow!”

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Embrace me then, ye Hills, and close me in;

Wordsworth – Home at Grasmere

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Good to see that this guy hass been blessed with a good heart, in addition to his gorgeous looks. What a blessing! A multi-talented guy to watch out for. Wish him all the success and joy in life.

The Beauty of a Woman

The beauty of a woman, isn’t in the clothes she wears,
The figure that she carries, or the way she combs her hair.
The beauty of a woman, must be seen from in her eyes
Because that’s the doorway to her heart, the place where love resides.

The beauty of a woman, isn’t in a facial mole,
but true beauty in a woman, is reflected by her soul.
It’s the caring that she cares to give, the passion that she shows,
And the beauty of a woman, with passing years, only grows.

I wish you bright mornings and warm, sunny days,
Soft shade to cool you from sweltering rays,
Raindrops, a few, from some cloud floating by,
Rainbows thereafter to color your sky.

Rambling rivers and great shining seas,
Mountains and forests with towering trees,
Hillsides and valleys, all flower-festooned,
Nature that nurtures whomever’s attuned.

A faithful companion who’ll stay by your side,
Children to care for, to love and to guide,
Enough work to do with enough time for play
Then restful sleep at the close of the day.

Friends when you need them and when they need you,
Something to spend, just as much as will do
A heart full of laughter; perhaps a few tears,
A faith you can follow through all of your years.

Then, fearlessly facing your last setting sun,
As you contemplate all the deeds you have done,
Recalling a life that’s been more than worthwhile,
Perhaps you will pause and give thanks with a smile. 

Omar Borkan Al Gala

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