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In a message dated Thu, 30 Aug 2001 10:03:47 AM Eastern Daylight Time, Marcia Karp <[log in to unmask]> writes:


> Dear Tom,
 . .  Here's a bit of how W H Auden considered your field in relation to all other activities ... .
> 
>      Law, say the gardeners, is the sun,
>      ...
> 
>      Others say, Law is our Fate,
>      ...
> 
>      And always the loud angry crowd,
>      Very angry and very loud,
>      Law is Me.
>      And always the soft idiot softly Me.
>                  [From "Law Like Love"]
> 
> It is a beautiful poem, and characteristically for Auden, is compassionate in the face of knowledge that turns others towards contempt or despair.
> 
>     Having changed the direction of the discussion, I'd like to change it again, back towards Ken's post to join him in praising Jennifer's essay.
> 
> Marcia

That's wonderful.  I'll have to look up the full text.  May even be able to cite it in a brief sometime . . . at the risk of debasing it.

Tom K