Today's Beautiful Gem: `A Soft and Purple Mist' by Percy Bysshe Shelley.

"Noon descends around me now; 'Tis the noon of autumn's glow,
When a soft and purple mist Like a vapourous amethyst,
Or an air-dissolved star Mingling light and fragrance, far
From the curved horizon's bound To the point of Heaven's profound,
Fills the overflowing sky...

"And the soft dream of morn (Which like winged winds had borne
To the silent isle, which lies Mid remembered agonies;
The frail bark of this lone being) Pass, to other sufferers fleeing,
And its ancient pilot, Pain, Sits beside the helm again."

Note: Mr. Dag Hammarsko:ld was the SECOND Secretary General of the United Nations Organization, not the first as I mentioned in my yesterday's posting. Mr. Trygvie Lie of Norway was the FIRST Secretary General, while U Thant of Burma (Myanmar) was the THIRD. I thank Ranjit Menon for this information.

Om s'aantih: Peace! - J. K. Mohana Rao.