Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Lydia's Grade Eight: On Remembrance Day

Some things to do for school today:

Read chapter 11, How to Be Your Own Selfiish Pig.  Susan Schaeffer Macaulay includes a quote from C.S. Lewis's Mere Christianity: "Your real, new self (which is Christ's and also yours, and yours just because it is His) will not come as long as you are looking for it. It will come when you are looking for Him."

Poem: Shakespeare, Sonnet LXIV

WHEN I have seen by Time’s fell hand defac’d
The rich-proud cost of outworn buried age;
When sometime lofty towers I see down-raz’d,
And brass eternal slave to mortal rage;
When I have seen the hungry ocean gain         5
Advantage on the kingdom of the shore,
And the firm soil win of the watery main,
Increasing store with loss, and loss with store;
When I have seen such interchange of state,
Or state itself confounded to decay;  10
Ruin hath taught me thus to ruminate—
That Time will come and take my love away.
  This thought is as a death, which cannot choose
  But weep to have that which it fears to lose.

Picture Talk: Titian, The Three Ages of Man

French lesson, including our song for the week, Que sont devenues les fleurs (Where have all the flowers gone)

Nature notebooks

Read from Out of the Silent Planet.
"'And now,' said Oyarsa, when silence was restored, 'let us honour my dead hnau.'
At his words ten of the hrossa grouped themselves about the biers. Lifting their heads, and with no signal given as far as Ransom could see, they began to sing.... its rhythms were based on a different blood from ours, on a heart that beat more quickly, and a fiercer internal heat."
"Through his knowledge of the creatures and his love for them he began, ever so little, to hear it with their ears.  A sense of great masses moving at visionary speeds, of giants dancing, of eternal sorrows eternally consoled, of he knew not what and yet what he had always known, awoke in him with the very first bars of the deep-mouthed dirge, and bowed down his spirit as if the gate of heaven had opened before him." ~~ Out of the Silent Planet
Watch the national Remembrance Day ceremony from Ottawa, as we usually do.

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