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As per a query on rigging a 1967 Texas Tornado 16.5 dinghy (Sun, 25 Sep 2005) : Clarification on the Rigging of the Mainsheet on the 'Does the Job' Albacore 6781 Sailing Dinghy

Schematic of the mainsheet rigging Albacore 6781 'Does the Job' with Jib rigged up for single handling

I have attached a schematic drawing (pictured above) of how my Albacore is rigged. It is very simple and I just copied the rigging from another Albacore in the marina. I already had 3 of the blocks when I bought the boat 2nd hand - so did not want to do anything fancy - just get it going. Plus this rigging method does not take up a lot of space compared to other rigging methods I have seen on Albacores.

I have shortened the tiller (replaced the original Aluminium tiller with a home-made wooden tiller) so I can be further back in the boat without having to do acrobatics during a tack or jibe. On the tiller, I have installed both an Auto Releasing Cleat and an extra V cleat in case the Auto Releasing Cleat stops working reliably. (I also have this style of backup with the centerboard Auto Releasing Cleat - by having another ClamCleat using Shock-Cord)

If you have a swing keel/center board - and a kick up rudder - you might like to look into getting Auto Releasing Cleats. They are absolutely wonderful and limit the risk of giving your crew and boat injuries if you hit some shallows. The Ottawa river is quite a few feet lower than usual this Fall and we have been hitting sand and rocks quite a bit over the last few weeks. But due to the auto releasing cleats, there is no big drama.

Re the jib and my single handling setup: The reason for jib cleats near the main sheet is that I can release the jib without having to let go of the mainsheet: as letting go of the mainsheet while setting the jib is an easy cause of turtling the boat. Another recent mod not given in the following photos is I now have the port and startboard jib sheets as different coloured lines.

I have not yet single handled the Albacore as have always had a friend along who is keen to crew, plus I want to get more experience in sailing first. Initially, if I was going to single handle the boat in anything but very light winds - I would probably not raise the jib and just use the main sail. A person who single handles an Albacore locally does this: as he turtled the boat when a gust of wind caught him when he let go of the main sheet to change the jib during a tack.

For social and comfort sailing (2006 season), have purchased a Crew Saver 40 liter Mast Float to stop/limit turtling. One trick is to raise the mast-float last, to minimize the main-sail getting snagged in the mast-float rigging.

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'Does the Job' Albacore 6781 Sailing Dinghy ready for sailing with Seitech launching dolly and Crewsaver Mast-Float. Mount Martin and the Ottawa River in the background 'Does the Job' Albacore 6781 Sailing Dinghy ready for sailing with Seitech launching dolly and Crewsaver Mast-Float. Mount Martin and the Ottawa River in the background 'Does the Job' Albacore 6781 Sailing Dinghy ready for sailing with Seitech launching dolly and Crewsaver Mast-Float. Mount Martin and the Ottawa River in the backgroundl 'Does the Job' Albacore 6781 Sailing Dinghy ready for sailing with Seitech launching dolly and Crewsaver Mast-Float. Mount Martin and the Ottawa River in the background

Canadian Flag flying at the Deep River Yacht & Tennis Club Canadian Flag flying at the Deep River Yacht & Tennis Club

40 Liter Crewsaver Mast-Float mounted on the Albacore Bow of 'Does the Job' Albacore 6781  Sailing Dinghy with 40ft yellow floating recovery line attached to bow

  • 40 Liter Crewsaver Mast-Float mounted on the Albacore
  • Bow of 'Does the Job' Albacore 6781 Sailing Dinghy with 40ft yellow floating recovery line attached to bow

Harken Micro 292 Single Swivel Block and CL218MK1 Port Side Entry Clamcleat attached to mast for raising the 40 Liter Crewsaver Mast-Float Port and starboard jib sheets are different colours (blue and red).

  • Harken Micro 292 Single Swivel Block and CL218MK1 Port Side Entry Clamcleat attached to mast for raising the 40 Liter Crewsaver Mast-Float.
  • Port and starboard jib sheets are different colours (blue and red).

Simple Outhaul System for Albacore Simple Outhaul System for Albacore

  • Simple Outhaul System for Albacore
  • Simple Outhaul System for Albacore

Simple Outhaul System for Albacore Starboard Jib fairleads and cleats (rigged for single handed) and recovery line. The reason for jib cleats near the main sheet was a defunct setup (didn't work due to too much friction) for trying to release the jib without having to let go of the mainsheet: as letting go of the mainsheet while setting the jib is an easy cause of turtling the boat. Recovery line installed in case of capsize or turtling. Port and starboard jib sheets are different colours (blue and red).

  • Simple Outhaul System for Albacore
  • Starboard Jib fairleads and cleats (rigged for single handed) and recovery line. The reason for jib cleats near the main sheet was a defunct setup (didn't work due to too much friction) for trying to release the jib without having to let go of the mainsheet: as letting go of the mainsheet while setting the jib is an easy cause of turtling the boat. Recovery line installed in case of capsize or turtling. Port and starboard jib sheets are different colours (blue and red).

Albacore port-side jib rigging for single handed. The reason for jib cleats near the main sheet was a defunct setup (didn't work due to too much friction) for trying to release the jib without having to let go of the mainsheet: as letting go of the mainsheet while setting the jib is an easy cause of turtling the boat. Port and starboard jib sheets are different colours (blue and red). Centerboard has a CL257 Auto-release Racing Mini Clamcleat with dinghy braid, as well as a backup Clamcleat with Shockcord. Albacore centerboard and base of mast with rigged jib and main halyards. Centerboard area is reinforced with wooden strips above and below. Cracks near centerboard and front base area sealed with Marine-Tek.

  • Albacore port-side jib rigging for single handed. The reason for jib cleats near the main sheet was a defunct setup (didn't work due to too much friction) for trying to release the jib without having to let go of the mainsheet: as letting go of the mainsheet while setting the jib is an easy cause of turtling the boat. Port and starboard jib sheets are different colours (blue and red). Centerboard has a CL257 Auto-release Racing Mini Clamcleat with dinghy braid, as well as a backup Clamcleat with Shockcord
  • Albacore centerboard and base of mast with rigged jib and main halyards. Centerboard area is reinforced with wooden strips above and below. Cracks near centerboard and front base area sealed with Marine-Tek.

Holt-Allen HA/4107 Mast Retainer CL236 Roller Fairlead Mk1 Racing Junior ClamCleat for Cunningham, Boom Vang uses a simple CL253 Trapeze and Vang Cleat Clamcleat, Harken Micro 292 Single Swivel Block and CL218MK1 Port Side Entry Clamcleat attached to mast for raising the 40 Liter Mast Float

  • Holt-Allen HA/4107 Mast Retainer
  • i) CL236 Roller Fairlead Mk1 Racing Junior ClamCleat for Cunningham. Mounted in mast slots using MM030190 Channel/slug insert w/screw mast/boom mounting from Annapolis Performance Sailing, Annapolis (Eastport), Maryland, USA. The width of the slug needed to be filed down a mm on each side. ii) Boom Vang uses a simple CL253 Trapeze and Vang Cleat Clamcleat. The eye is a Proctor PR51171402 Mainsheet Eye / Boom Slider but this only comes with one Boom Slide Clamp Plate c/w Fix. So you may also have to get an extra Boom Slide Clamp Plate c/w Fix (PM 228019-01). An RWO R4863 Boom Slider w/Set Screw would also do the job as well. Though not applicable for the boom, a Seoladair Mast Slide with Eye Strap is worth knowing about. and iii) Harken Micro 292 Single Swivel Block and CL218MK1 Port Side Entry Clamcleat attached to mast for raising the 40 Liter Crewsaver Mast-Float.

Portside jib fairleads and cleats (rigged for single handed) and recovery line. The reason for jib cleats near the main sheet was a defunct setup (didn't work due to too much friction) for trying to release the jib without having to let go of the mainsheet: as letting go of the mainsheet while setting the jib is an easy cause of turtling the boat. Recovery line installed in case of capsize or turtling. Port and starboard jib sheets are different colours (blue and red). Home made tiller (shortened, for easy tacks and jibes when sitting near the rear of the boat), with Holt-Allen tiller extension and CL257 Auto-release Racing Mini Clamcleat and backup V-cleat on the tiller. Port-side recovery line is visible running along the hull and cleated. Recovery line installed in case of capsize or turtling. Port-side Flow-Max Ball Scuppers (large) instead of the horrible default Albacore 'flaps'.

  • Portside jib fairleads and cleats (rigged for single handed) and recovery line. The reason for jib cleats near the main sheet was a defunct setup (didn't work due to too much friction) for trying to release the jib without having to let go of the mainsheet: as letting go of the mainsheet while setting the jib is an easy cause of turtling the boat. Recovery line installed in case of capsize or turtling. Port and starboard jib sheets are different colours (blue and red).
  • Home made tiller (shortened, for easy tacks and jibes when sitting near the rear of the boat), with Holt-Allen tiller extension and CL257 Auto-release Racing Mini Clamcleat and backup V-cleat on the tiller. Port-side recovery line is visible running along the hull and cleated. Recovery line installed in case of capsize or turtling. Port-side Flow-Max Ball Scuppers (large) instead of the horrible default Albacore 'flaps'.

CL257 Auto-release Racing Mini Clamcleat on the tiller Albacore jib rigging for single handed.  The reason for jib cleats near the main sheet was a defunct setup (didn't work due to too much friction) for trying to release the jib without having to let go of the mainsheet: as letting go of the mainsheet while setting the jib is an easy cause of turtling the boat. Port and starboard jib sheets are now different colours (blue and red).  Centerboard has a CL257 Auto-release Racing Mini Clamcleat with dinghy braid, as well as a backup Clamcleat with Shockcord

CL257 Auto-release Racing Mini Clamcleat, and backup v-cleat on the tiller Fairlead mounted on the under-side of the tiller

  • CL257 Auto-release Racing Mini Clamcleat, and backup v-cleat on the tiller
  • Fairlead mounted on the under-side of the tiller

Starboard recovery line:  installed in case of capsize or turtling. Port recovery line:  installed in case of capsize or turtling.

  • Starboard recovery line: installed in case of capsize or turtling.
  • Port recovery line: installed in case of capsize or turtling.

'Does the Job' Albacore 6781 Sailing Dinghy ready for sailing with Seitech launching dolly and Crewsaver Mast-Float: Deep River Yacht & Tennis Club in the background 'Does the Job' Albacore 6781 Sailing Dinghy ready for sailing with Seitech launching dolly and Crewsaver Mast-Float: Deep River Yacht & Tennis Club in the background 'Does the Job' Albacore 6781 Sailing Dinghy ready for sailing with Seitech launching dolly and Crewsaver Mast-Float: Deep River Yacht & Tennis Club in the background

Albacore jib rigging for single handed to lead the jib sheets to where the helm is seated (in this case, in the far rear of the boat). Port and starboard jib sheets are now different colours (blue and red).  The main theory is that I can release the jib without having to let go of the mainsheet: as letting go of the mainsheet while setting the jib is an easy cause of turtling the boat. Photo is a bit misleading for the mainsheet rigging as normally the cleats are normally pointing towards the back of the boat/stern when ready to sail.

  • Jib Halyard / wire-Rope Halyard on the port-side, and rigged main halyard on the starboard side using CL218MK1 Port Side Entry Clamcleat. Main halyard block has extra shackle so halyard does not wear down the CL218MK1 Port Side Entry Clamcleat when raising the Main sail

Albacore mainsheet; and jibsheet rigging for single handed. Flow-Max Ball Scuppers (large) instead of the horrible default Albacore 'flaps'. Attachment for hiking straps.

  • Albacore mainsheet; and jibsheet rigging for single handed.
  • Flow-Max Ball Scuppers (large) instead of the horrible default Albacore 'flaps'. Attachment for hiking straps.

No 6781 on the inside of the Albacore

  • No 6781 on the inside of the Albacore

Built by Skene Boats Limited label Home made tiller (shortened, for easy tacks and jibes when sitting near the rear of the boat), with Holt-Allen tiller extension and CL257 Auto-release Racing Mini Clamcleat and backup V-cleat on the tiller.

  • Built by Skene Boats Limited label
  • Home made tiller (shortened, for easy tacks and jibes when sitting near the rear of the boat), with Holt-Allen tiller extension and CL257 Auto-release Racing Mini Clamcleat and backup V-cleat on the tiller.

Albacore mainsheet; and jibsheet rigging for single handed. Albacore Centerboard. Centerboard has a CL257 Auto-release Racing Mini Clamcleat with dinghy braid, as well as a backup Clamcleat with Shockcord Albacore Centerboard. Centerboard has a CL257 Auto-release Racing Mini Clamcleat with dinghy braid, as well as a backup Clamcleat with Shockcord

  • Albacore mainsheet; and jibsheet rigging for single handed. Albacore Centerboard. Centerboard has a CL257 Auto-release Racing Mini Clamcleat with dinghy braid, as well as a backup Clamcleat with Shockcord
  • Albacore Centerboard. Centerboard has a CL257 Auto-release Racing Mini Clamcleat with dinghy braid, as well as a backup Clamcleat with Shockcord

Bow of 'Does the Job' Albacore 6781  Sailing Dinghy with 40ft yellow floating recovery line attached to bow 'Does the Job' Albacore 6781 Sailing Dinghy ready for sailing with Seitech launching dolly. The three tyres are very important for propping up the Albacore for draining rain water from the boat when on shore.

  • Bow of 'Does the Job' Albacore 6781 Sailing Dinghy with 40ft yellow floating recovery line attached to bow
  • 'Does the Job' Albacore 6781 Sailing Dinghy ready for sailing with Seitech launching dolly. The three tyres are very important for propping up the Albacore for draining rain water from the boat when on shore.

Home made tiller (shortened, for easy tacks and jibes when sitting near the rear of the boat), with Holt-Allen tiller extension and CL257 Auto-release Racing Mini Clamcleat and backup V-cleat on the tiller. Starboard-side Flow-Max Ball Scuppers (large) instead of the horrible default Albacore 'flaps'. Starboard-side recovery line is visible running along the hull and cleated. Recovery line installed in case of capsize or turtling. i) CL236 Roller Fairlead Mk1 Racing Junior ClamCleat for Cunningham. Mounted in mast slots using MM030190 Channel/slug insert w/screw mast/boom mounting from Annapolis Performance Sailing, Annapolis (Eastport), Maryland, USA. The width of the slug needed to be filed down a mm on each side. ii) Boom Vang uses a simple CL253 Trapeze and Vang Cleat Clamcleat. The eye is a Proctor PR51171402 Mainsheet Eye / Boom Slider but this only comes with one Boom Slide Clamp Plate c/w Fix. So you may also have to get an extra Boom Slide Clamp Plate c/w Fix (PM 228019-01). An RWO R4863 Boom Slider w/Set Screw would also do the job as well. Though not applicable for the boom, a Seoladair Mast Slide with Eye Strap is worth knowing about. and iii) Harken Micro 292 Single Swivel Block and CL218MK1 Port Side Entry Clamcleat attached to mast for raising the 40 Liter Crewsaver Mast-Float.

  • Home made tiller (shortened, for easy tacks and jibes when sitting near the rear of the boat), with Holt-Allen tiller extension and CL257 Auto-release Racing Mini Clamcleat and backup V-cleat on the tiller. Starboard-side Flow-Max Ball Scuppers (large) instead of the horrible default Albacore 'flaps'. Starboard-side recovery line is visible running along the hull and cleated. Recovery line installed in case of capsize or turtling.
  • i) CL236 Roller Fairlead Mk1 Racing Junior ClamCleat for Cunningham. Mounted in mast slots using MM030190 Channel/slug insert w/screw mast/boom mounting from Annapolis Performance Sailing, Annapolis (Eastport), Maryland, USA. The width of the slug needed to be filed down a mm on each side. ii) Boom Vang uses a simple CL253 Trapeze and Vang Cleat Clamcleat. The eye is a Proctor PR51171402 Mainsheet Eye / Boom Slider but this only comes with one Boom Slide Clamp Plate c/w Fix. So you may also have to get an extra Boom Slide Clamp Plate c/w Fix (PM 228019-01). An RWO R4863 Boom Slider w/Set Screw would also do the job as well. Though not applicable for the boom, a Seoladair Mast Slide with Eye Strap is worth knowing about. and iii) Harken Micro 292 Single Swivel Block and CL218MK1 Port Side Entry Clamcleat attached to mast for raising the 40 Liter Crewsaver Mast-Float.

Boom Vang uses a simple CL253 Trapeze and Vang Cleat Clamcleat. The eye is a Proctor PR51171402 Mainsheet Eye / Boom Slider but this only comes with one Boom Slide Clamp Plate c/w Fix. So you may also have to get an extra Boom Slide Clamp Plate c/w Fix (PM 228019-01). An RWO R4863 Boom Slider w/Set Screw would also do the job as well. Though not applicable for the boom, a Seoladair Mast Slide with Eye Strap is worth knowing about. Albacore jib rigging for single handed. The reason for jib cleats near the main sheet is that I can release the jib without having to let go of the mainsheet: as letting go of the mainsheet while setting the jib is an easy cause of turtling the boat. Photo is a bit misleading for the mainsheet rigging as the cleats are normally pointing towards the back/stern of the boat when ready to sail. Port and starboard jib sheets are now different colours (blue and red). Centerboard has a CL257 Auto-release Racing Mini Clamcleat with dinghy braid, as well as a backup Clamcleat with Shockcord

  • Boom Vang uses a simple CL253 Trapeze and Vang Cleat Clamcleat. The eye is a Proctor PR51171402 Mainsheet Eye / Boom Slider but this only comes with one Boom Slide Clamp Plate c/w Fix. So you may also have to get an extra Boom Slide Clamp Plate c/w Fix (PM 228019-01). An RWO R4863 Boom Slider w/Set Screw would also do the job as well. Though not applicable for the boom, a Seoladair Mast Slide with Eye Strap is worth knowing about.
  • Albacore jib rigging for single handed. The reason for jib cleats near the main sheet is that I can release the jib without having to let go of the mainsheet: as letting go of the mainsheet while setting the jib is an easy cause of turtling the boat. Photo is a bit misleading for the mainsheet rigging as the cleats are normally pointing towards the back/stern of the boat when ready to sail. Port and starboard jib sheets are now different colours (blue and red). Centerboard has a CL257 Auto-release Racing Mini Clamcleat with dinghy braid, as well as a backup Clamcleat with Shockcord

Albacore Centerboard.  Centerboard has a CL257 Auto-release Racing Mini Clamcleat with dinghy braid, as well as a backup Clamcleat with Shockcord i) CL236 Roller Fairlead Mk1 Racing Junior ClamCleat for Cunningham. Mounted in mast slots using MM030190 Channel/slug insert w/screw mast/boom mounting from Annapolis Performance Sailing, Annapolis (Eastport), Maryland, USA. The width of the slug needed to be filed down a mm on each side; and ii) Harken Micro 292 Single Swivel Block and CL218MK1 Port Side Entry Clamcleat attached to mast for raising the 40 Liter Crewsaver Mast-Float.

  • Albacore Centerboard. Centerboard has a CL257 Auto-release Racing Mini Clamcleat with dinghy braid, as well as a backup Clamcleat with Shockcord
  • i) CL236 Roller Fairlead Mk1 Racing Junior ClamCleat for Cunningham. Mounted in mast slots using MM030190 Channel/slug insert w/screw mast/boom mounting from Annapolis Performance Sailing, Annapolis (Eastport), Maryland, USA. The width of the slug needed to be filed down a mm on each side; and ii) Harken Micro 292 Single Swivel Block and CL218MK1 Port Side Entry Clamcleat attached to mast for raising the 40 Liter Crewsaver Mast-Float.

Boom Vang uses a simple CL253 Trapeze and Vang Cleat Clamcleat. The eye is a Proctor PR51171402 Mainsheet Eye / Boom Slider but this only comes with one Boom Slide Clamp Plate c/w Fix. So you may also have to get an extra Boom Slide Clamp Plate c/w Fix (PM 228019-01). An RWO R4863 Boom Slider w/Set Screw would also do the job as well. Though not applicable for the boom, a Seoladair Mast Slide with Eye Strap is worth knowing about. Holt-Allen HA/4107 Mast Retainer

  • Boom Vang uses a simple CL253 Trapeze and Vang Cleat Clamcleat. The eye is a Proctor PR51171402 Mainsheet Eye / Boom Slider but this only comes with one Boom Slide Clamp Plate c/w Fix. So you may also have to get an extra Boom Slide Clamp Plate c/w Fix (PM 228019-01). An RWO R4863 Boom Slider w/Set Screw would also do the job as well. Though not applicable for the boom, a Seoladair Mast Slide with Eye Strap is worth knowing about.
  • Holt-Allen HA/4107 Mast Retainer

Harken Micro 292 Single Swivel Blocks for the jib and main halyards mounted on the mast. Main halyard block has extra shackle so halyard does not wear down the CL218MK1 Port Side Entry Clamcleat when raising the Main sail Base of Mast

  • Harken Micro 292 Single Swivel Blocks for the jib and main halyards mounted on the mast. Main halyard block has extra shackle so halyard does not wear down the CL218MK1 Port Side Entry Clamcleat when raising the Main sail
  • Base of Mast

'Does the Job' Albacore 6781 Sailing Dinghy ready for sailing with Seitech launching dolly and Crewsaver Mast-Float. Mount Martin and the Ottawa River in the background Canadian Flag flying at the Deep River Yacht & Tennis Club

Canadian Flag flying at the Deep River Yacht & Tennis Club 40 Liter Crewsaver Mast-Float mounted on the Albacore against a wispy cloudscape

'Does the Job' Albacore 6781 Sailing Dinghy ready for sailing with Seitech launching dolly and Crewsaver Mast-Float. Canadian Flag flying at the Deep River Yacht & Tennis Club

'Does the Job' Albacore 6781 Sailing Dinghy ready for sailing with Seitech launching dolly and Crewsaver Mast-Float. 'Does the Job' Albacore 6781 Sailing Dinghy ready for sailing with Seitech launching dolly and Crewsaver Mast-Float. Mount Martin and the Ottawa River in the background

Canadian Flag flying at the Deep River Yacht & Tennis Club Canadian Flag flying at the Deep River Yacht & Tennis Club


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Poetry Links and stuff

Auguries of Innocence
(William Blake - 1757-1827)

To see a World in a Grain of Sand
And a Heaven in a Wild Flower,
Hold Infinity in the palm of your hand
And Eternity in an hour.

A Robin Red breast in a Cage
Puts all Heaven in a Rage.
A dove house fill'd with doves & Pigeons
Shudders Hell thro' all its regions.
A dog starv'd at his Master's Gate
Predicts the ruin of the State.
A Horse misus'd upon the Road
Calls to Heaven for Human blood.
Each outcry of the hunted Hare
A fibre from the Brain does tear.
A Skylark wounded in the wing,
A Cherubim does cease to sing.
The Game Cock clipp'd and arm'd for fight
Does the Rising Sun affright.
Every Wolf's & Lion's howl
Raises from Hell a Human Soul.
The wild deer, wand'ring here & there,
Keeps the Human Soul from Care.
The Lamb misus'd breeds public strife
And yet forgives the Butcher's Knife.
The Bat that flits at close of Eve
Has left the Brain that won't believe.
The Owl that calls upon the Night
Speaks the Unbeliever's fright.
He who shall hurt the little Wren
Shall never be belov'd by Men.
He who the Ox to wrath has mov'd
Shall never be by Woman lov'd.
The wanton Boy that kills the Fly
Shall feel the Spider's enmity.
He who torments the Chafer's sprite
Weaves a Bower in endless Night.
The Catterpillar on the Leaf
Repeats to thee thy Mother's grief.
Kill not the Moth nor Butterfly,
For the Last Judgement draweth nigh.
He who shall train the Horse to War
Shall never pass the Polar Bar.
The Beggar's Dog & Widow's Cat,
Feed them & thou wilt grow fat.
The Gnat that sings his Summer's song
Poison gets from Slander's tongue.
The poison of the Snake & Newt
Is the sweat of Envy's Foot.
The poison of the Honey Bee
Is the Artist's Jealousy.
The Prince's Robes & Beggars' Rags
Are Toadstools on the Miser's Bags.
A truth that's told with bad intent
Beats all the Lies you can invent.
It is right it should be so;
Man was made for Joy & Woe;
And when this we rightly know
Thro' the World we safely go.
Joy & Woe are woven fine,
A Clothing for the Soul divine;
Under every grief & pine
Runs a joy with silken twine.
The Babe is more than swadling Bands;
Throughout all these Human Lands
Tools were made, & born were hands,
Every Farmer Understands.
Every Tear from Every Eye
Becomes a Babe in Eternity.
This is caught by Females bright
And return'd to its own delight.
The Bleat, the Bark, Bellow & Roar
Are Waves that Beat on Heaven's Shore.
The Babe that weeps the Rod beneath
Writes Revenge in realms of death.
The Beggar's Rags, fluttering in Air,
Does to Rags the Heavens tear.
The Soldier arm'd with Sword & Gun,
Palsied strikes the Summer's Sun.
The poor Man's Farthing is worth more
Than all the Gold on Afric's Shore.
One Mite wrung from the Labrer's hands
Shall buy & sell the Miser's lands:
Or, if protected from on high,
Does that whole Nation sell & buy.
He who mocks the Infant's Faith
Shall be mock'd in Age & Death.
He who shall teach the Child to Doubt
The rotting Grave shall ne'er get out.
He who respects the Infant's faith
Triumph's over Hell & Death.
The Child's Toys & the Old Man's Reasons
Are the Fruits of the Two seasons.
The Questioner, who sits so sly,
Shall never know how to Reply.
He who replies to words of Doubt
Doth put the Light of Knowledge out.
The Strongest Poison ever known
Came from Caesar's Laurel Crown.
Nought can deform the Human Race
Like the Armour's iron brace.
When Gold & Gems adorn the Plow
To peaceful Arts shall Envy Bow.
A Riddle or the Cricket's Cry
Is to Doubt a fit Reply.
The Emmet's Inch & Eagle's Mile
Make Lame Philosophy to smile.
He who Doubts from what he sees
Will ne'er believe, do what you Please.
If the Sun & Moon should doubt
They'd immediately Go out.
To be in a Passion you Good may do,
But no Good if a Passion is in you.
The Whore & Gambler, by the State
Licenc'd, build that Nation's Fate.
The Harlot's cry from Street to Street
Shall weave Old England's winding Sheet.
The Winner's Shout, the Loser's Curse,
Dance before dead England's Hearse.
Every Night & every Morn
Some to Misery are Born.
Every Morn & every Night
Some are Born to sweet Delight.
Some ar Born to sweet Delight,
Some are born to Endless Night.
We are led to Believe a Lie
When we see not Thro' the Eye
Which was Born in a Night to Perish in a Night
When the Soul Slept in Beams of Light.
God Appears & God is Light
To those poor Souls who dwell in the Night,
But does a Human Form Display
To those who Dwell in Realms of day.


"September 1, 1939"
(WH Auden)

I sit in one of the dives
On Fifty-second Street
Uncertain and afraid
As the clever hopes expire
Of a low dishonest decade:
Waves of anger and fear
Circulate over the bright
And darkened lands of the earth,
Obsessing our private lives;
The unmentionable odour of death
Offends the September night.

Accurate scholarship can
Unearth the whole offence
From Luther until now
That has driven a culture mad,
Find what occurred at Linz,
What huge imago made
A psychopathic god:
I and the public know
What all schoolchildren learn,
Those to whom evil is done
Do evil in return.

Exiled Thucydides knew
All that a speech can say
About Democracy,
And what dictators do,
The elderly rubbish they talk
To an apathetic grave;
Analysed all in his book,
The enlightenment driven away,
The habit-forming pain,
Mismanagement and grief:
We must suffer them all again.

Into this neutral air
Where blind skyscrapers use
Their full height to proclaim
The strength of Collective Man,
Each language pours its vain
Competitive excuse:
But who can live for long
In an euphoric dream;
Out of the mirror they stare,
Imperialism's face
And the international wrong.

Faces along the bar
Cling to their average day:
The lights must never go out,
The music must always play,
All the conventions conspire
To make this fort assume
The furniture of home;
Lest we should see where we are,
Lost in a haunted wood,
Children afraid of the night
Who have never been happy or good.

The windiest militant trash
Important Persons shout
Is not so crude as our wish:
What mad Nijinsky wrote
About Diaghilev
Is true of the normal heart;
For the error bred in the bone
Of each woman and each man
Craves what it cannot have,
Not universal love
But to be loved alone.

From the conservative dark
Into the ethical life
The dense commuters come,
Repeating their morning vow;
"I will be true to the wife,
I'll concentrate more on my work,"
And helpless governors wake
To resume their compulsory game:
Who can release them now,
Who can reach the deaf,
Who can speak for the dumb?

All I have is a voice
To undo the folded lie,
The romantic lie in the brain
Of the sensual man-in-the-street
And the lie of Authority
Whose buildings grope the sky:
There is no such thing as the State
And no one exists alone;
Hunger allows no choice
To the citizen or the police;
We must love one another or die.

Defenceless under the night
Our world in stupor lies;
Yet, dotted everywhere,
Ironic points of light
Flash out wherever the Just
Exchange their messages:
May I, composed like them
Of Eros and of dust,
Beleaguered by the same
Negation and despair,
Show an affirming flame.


"It's no use raising a shout."
(WH Auden)

It's no use raising a shout.
No, Honey, you can cut that right out.
I don't want any more hugs;
Make me some fresh tea, fetch me some rugs.
Here am I, here are you:
But what does it mean? What are we going to do?

It wasn't always like this?
Perhaps it wasn't, but it is.
Put the car away; when life fails,
What's the good of going to Wales?
Here am I, here are you;
But what does it mean? What are we going to do?

A long time ago I told my mother
I was leaving home to find another:
I never answered her letter
But I never found a better.
Here am I, here are you:
But what does it mean? What are we going to do?

In my spine there was a base;
And I knew the general's face:
But they've severed all the wires,
And I can't tell what the general desires.
Here am I, here are you:
But what does it mean? What are we going to do?

In my veins there is a wish,
And a memory of fish:
When I lie crying on the floor,
It says, "You've often done this before."
Here am I, here are you:
But what does it mean? What are we going to do?

A bird used to visit this shore:
It isn't going to come any more.
I've come a very long way to prove
No land, no water, and no love.
Here am I, here are you:
But what does it mean? What are we going to do?


"Calmly We Walk Through This April's Day"
(Delmore Schwartz (1913-1966))

Calmly we walk through this April's day,
Metropolitan poetry here and there,
In the park sit pauper and rentier,
The screaming children, the motor-car
Fugitive about us, running away,
Between the worker and the millionaire
Number provides all distances,
It is Nineteen Thirty-Seven now,
Many great dears are taken away,
What will become of you and me
(This is the school in which we learn...)
Besides the photo and the memory?
(...that time is the fire in which we burn.)

(This is the school in which we learn...)
What is the self amid this blaze?
What am I now that I was then
Which I shall suffer and act again,
The theodicy I wrote in my high school days
Restored all life from infancy,
The children shouting are bright as they run
(This is the school in which they learn . . .)
Ravished entirely in their passing play!
(...that time is the fire in which they burn.)

Avid its rush, that reeling blaze!
Where is my father and Eleanor?
Not where are they now, dead seven years,
But what they were then?
No more? No more?
From Nineteen-Fourteen to the present day,
Bert Spira and Rhoda consume, consume
Not where they are now (where are they now?)
But what they were then, both beautiful;

Each minute bursts in the burning room,
The great globe reels in the solar fire,
Spinning the trivial and unique away.
(How all things flash! How all things flare!)
What am I now that I was then?
May memory restore again and again
The smallest color of the smallest day:
Time is the school in which we learn,
Time is the fire in which we burn.


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