Clockwork Princess and Poetry #3

Here’s the third part of my series of posts outlining all the poetry mentioned and quoted in Cassandra Clare’s Clockwork Princess. Onwards!

The Unquiet Grave Again, I couldn’t find the exact variation that Bridget sings, but this one’s close! I’m actually really enjoying reading the full versions of Bridget’s songs – they’re fantastic stories, and really accessible reading.

I’ll do as much for my true love

As any young man may;

I’ll sit and mourn all at her grave

For a twelvemonth and a day.

If the Past Year Were Offered Me Again – Augusta Lady Gregory This one’s nice and short! A really pretty love poem.

Ah! Could I bear those happy hours to miss

When love began, unthought of and unspoke

Riddles Wisely Expounded This is another of Bridget’s songs, and it belongs to a story where a knight tests his admirer’s wit. There are many variations, but here’s the one from the book:

“Oh, what is brighter than the light?

What is darker than the night?

What is keener than an axe?

What is softer than melting wax?

Truth is brighter than the light,

Falsehood darker than the night.

Revenge is keener than an axe,

And love is softer than melting wax.

Tamerlane – Edgar Allan Poe This one’s an epic poem, which means it’s a bit long. Lovely, though!

I have no words – alas! – to tell

The loveliness of loving well!

Barbara Allen Here’s another ballad that isn’t exactly the same as the one quoted in the novel, but bears some similarity.

O mother, mother, make my bed

O make it saft and narrow:

My love has died for me today,

I’ll die for him tomorrow.

And that’s all for today!

Thanks for reading, and have a lovely day!



Maya Angelou Quotes

I recently finished reading ‘I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings’, which is the first instalment of Maya Angelou’s autobiography. It’s a fantastic book; beautifully written and sagely told, and it made me really curious to learn more about this very famous writer. Here are some of my favourite quotes that I came across – enjoy!

History, despite its wrenching pain, cannot be unlived, but if faced with courage, need not be lived again.

Love recognises no barriers.It jumps hurdles, leaps fences, penetrates walls to arrive at its destination full of hope.

In diversity there is beauty and there is strength.

A bird doesn’t sing because it has an answer. It sings because it has a song.

We are only as blind as we want to be.

Have enough courage to trust love one more time.

Maya Angelou has quickly become one of my favourite writers, and I can’t wait to get into more of her work.

Do you have any favourite Angelou poems or quotes?

Thanks for reading, and have a lovely day!


Isaiah 43

The Bible is just crammed with beautiful writing, and all in the public domain (in the King James version). Again, I’ve edited this extract a little bit and drawn from alternative translations, but I hope that doesn’t take away from the beauty.

Fear not: for I have redeemed you, I have called you by thy name; you are mine.

When you pass through deep waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not drown you. When you walk through fire, you shall not be burned; neither shall the flame consume you.

For I am the Lord thy God, the Holy One of Israel, your Saviour.

You are precious in my sight, you are honoured, and I love you.

Fear not: for I am with you.

Bring all who claim me as their God: for I have created them for my glory, I have formed them; yea, I have made them.

From eternity to eternity I am God; and there is none that can snatch you out of my hand: I will work, and who shall undo it?

I love Isaiah so much. What other Biblical extracts do you like?

Thanks for reading, and have a lovely day!