Robert Herrick and the Stanley vaporizing burner
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Date: August 25, 2007 03:22PM
My summer choir is rehearsing a setting of Robert Herrick's poem, "To Music - To Becalm His Fever". I've slowly come to realize that, with startling prescience, Herrick was actually writing about the carbon that I've been cleaning out of branch forks, when he wrote -
Thou sweetly canst convert the same
From a consuming fire
Into a gentle licking flame,
And make it thus expire.