Chapter & Verse
Germaine Odenheimer hopes to learn the author and title of a poem that begins, "I am a magical mouse. I don't eat cheese. I eat houses and the tops of trees."
Susanne Byron asks for th author and title of a poem beginning, "I know not how such things can be/I only know there came to me/A fragrance such as never clings/To aught save happy living things...."
Desirée Martinez would like background information about the following quotation, which has been attributed to an anonymous Native American: "Tell me, and I will forget. Show me, and I may not remember. Involve me, and I will understand."
George Day requests an attribution for the lines, "What matters it what went before or after;/Now with myself, I will begin and end."
"but cannot explain himself" (July-August). Caldwell Titcomb verified Pericles as the source of the following advice, which appears in the last of four speeches by the Athenian leader included by Thucydides in his History of the Peloponnesian War. In the translation by R.W. Livingstone, Pericles proclaims himself "second to no man either in knowledge of the proper policy, or in the ability to expound it" and adds, "A man possessing that knowledge without that faculty of exposition might as well have no idea at all on the matter" (book 2, chapter 60).