You speak catastrophe.
MESSENGER : They milled around in great alarm.
No thought but for our missing.
HORATIUS : Scum!
MESSENGER : Sire!
HORATIUS : Animal invertebratum!
Your duty was to find them!
|The hero, Horatius, a junior officer in the army of the early Roman|
Republic, who famously defended Rome at the Tiber Bridge from the
invading army of Etruscans in the late 6th century BC. By defending
the narrow end of the bridge, he — together with commanders
Herminius and Lartius — was able to ward off the attacking army
long enough to allow other Romans to destroy the bridge behind him,
blocking the Etruscans’ advance and saving the city. According to
Livy’s History of Rome (ii. 10.), Horatius’s ‘own men, a panic-stricken
troop, were deserting their posts and discarding their weapons’; how-
ever, Horatius's courage manages to rally the defence of the bridge.
|Edna St. Vincent Millay bathing|
|Blind Milton dictating Paradise Lost|
to his Daughter
by Eugène Delacroix (circa 1826).
|Grisette de Fécamp|
|The Fall of Man|
by Cornelis van Haarlem
(Newspaper report, 17 October 2019) The true way for testing a ripe Cox’s Orange Pippin apple is to shake it. The pips should rattle in the core.
|According to Dr. Yitzhaq Hayut-Man, scholar of Torah and Kabbalah,|
we should pay regard to the picture of Creation ‘. . . drawn by Rabbi
Yitzḥaq of Acre (who lived in the 13-14th century, well before the late
Physicist Stephen Hawking) . . . [for the medieval Rabbi] combined
a Kabbalistic calculation: (1) as his predecessors already agreed there
were six cycles of seven thousand years making 42,000 years; (2) this
is multiplied by 1,000 “... for a thousand years in Thy sight are but
like yesterday when it is past . . .” [Book of Psalms, 90:2] and (3) this,
in turn, is multiplied by the 365 days in each divine year, yielding
15,330,000,000 of our years. Which accords with Hawking's estimate.’