Saturday, July 14, 2007

from Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard

Thomas Gray (1716-1771)

Full many a gem of purest ray serene
     The dark unfathomed caves of ocean bear:
Full many a flower is born to blush unseen,
     And waste its sweetness on the desert air.

1 comment:

dan1968 said...

taken from Immortal Poems of the English Language (Oscar Williams)

this stanza is one of 32 that comprise the poem. to me it corresponds with a line from the Alec Baldwin/Meg Ryan movie Prelude to a Kiss: "never to be squandered, the miracle of another human being."
That might not be exactly right, it's been a long time since I watched the flick.