My mother, Sylvia, Inhaca Island, Mozambique

Monday’s Piece

Poetry is the spontaneous overflow of powerful feelings: it takes its origin from emotion recollected in tranquility.

(Preface to Lyrical Ballads by William Wordsworth, 1770 – 1850)

John Lentell
Rhodesia Herald
28th March, 1971

Tuesday’s Piece

“That best portion of a good man’s life,

His little, nameless, unremembered acts

Of kindness and of love.”

(From Lines Written a Few Miles Above Tintern Abbey by William Wordsworth, 1770 – 1850)

John Lentell

25th January, 1970

Saturday’s Piece

“My heart leaps up when I behold

A rainbow in the sky;

So was it when my life began;

So it is now when I am a man;

So be it when I shall grow old,

Or let me die!

The Child is father of the man;

And I could wish my days to be

Bound to each by natural piety.”

(My heart leaps up when I behold by William Wordsworth, 1770 – 1850)

John Lentell

10th October, 1969

Tuesday’s Piece

“More skilful in self-knowledge, even more pure,

As tempted more; more able to endure,

As more exposed to suffering and distress;

Thence also, more alive to tenderness.”

(From Character of the Happy Warrior by William Wordsworth, 1770 – 1850)

John Lentell

10th March, 1969

Monday’s Piece

” ‘Tis a thing impossible, to frame

Conceptions equal to the soul’s desires;

And the most difficult of tasks to keep

Heights which the soul is competent to gain.”

(William Wordsworth, 1770 – 1850)

John Lentell

9th March, 1969

Tuesday’s Piece

“More skilful in self-knowledge, even more pure,

As tempted more; more able to endure.

As more exposed to suffering and distress;

Thence also, more alive to tenderness.”

(Wordsworth)

John Lentell – Barum & Sarum

January 21st, 1968

Monday’s Piece

“High is our calling, friend! Creative Art

(Whether the instrument of words she use,

Or pencil pregnant with etheral hues,)

Demands the service of a mind and heart,

Though sensitive, yet, in their weakest part,

Heroically fashioned.”

(Sonnet contained in a letter to B.R. Haydon from Worsdworth, 1770-1850)

John Lentell – Barum & Sarum.

Phones 23673 – 25790 – 44856

P.O. Box 2679, Salisbury.

January 20th, 1968