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Archives 04-11-2001

North County Lines by Bob

An Award Winning Column

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Precision Horoscopes In Shakespearean Code

ARIES - Though yet, Heaven knows, life is but as a tomb, which hides and shows not half your parts. If fresh numbers could number all your graces, the age to come would say they lie. Shall papers saying otherwise, yellowed with their age, be scorned, like old men of less truth than tongue? But were some child of yours alive that time, you should live twice, in and out of rhyme.

TAURUS - Some glory in their birth, some in their skill, some in their wealth, some in their body's force, some in their garments, though newfangled ill, some in their hounds, some in their horse. And every humor hath his adjunct pleasure. But these particulars are not your measure. Thy love is better than high birth, richer than wealth, prouder than garments' cost, of more delight than hounds or horses be.

GEMINI - Some say thy fault is youth, some wantonness. Some say thy grace is youth and gentle sport. Both grace and faults are loved more and less. The basest jewel on a queen will be well esteemed. How many lambs might the stern wolf betray if like a lamb he could his looks translate. How many gazers mightst he lead away if thou wouldst use the strength of all thy state?

CANCER - Like as the waves make towards the pebbled shore, so our minutes hasten to their end, each changing place with that which goes before. Time doth transfix the flourish set on youth and delves the parallels in beauty's brow, feeds on the rarities of nature's truth, And nothing stands but for his scythe to mow. And yet to times in hope your worth shall stand, praising you despite his cruel hand.

LEO - Those parts of thee that the world's eye doth view want nothing that the thoughts of hearts can mend. All tongues, the voice of souls, give thee that due. But those same tongues in other accents do this praise confound by seeing farther than the eye hath shown. They measure by thy deeds. Then, churls, their thoughts, they add the smell of weeds. But why thy odor matcheth not thy show. The soil is this, that thou dost common grow.

VIRGO - Love is too young to know what conscience is. Yet who knows not conscience is born of love? Lest guilty of your faults thy sweet self prove. Your nobler part to your body's treason. Flesh stays no farther reason. But rising at thy name doth point out thee as prize. Proud of this pride, contented to stand in thy affairs, fall by thy side. No want of conscience hold it for whose dear love does rise and fall.

LIBRA - Swear to thy blind soul that you will. And will, thy soul knows, is admitted there. Fulfill the treasure of thy love. Aye, fill it full, and one will come in things of great receipt with ease and prove one is reckoned none. And in thy store's account you must note that nothing as something sweet to thee. Make that love thy name and love will prove the gift to be.

SCORPIO - Which can say more than this rich praise, that you alone are you? In whose confine immured is the store which should example where your equal grew. Lean penury within that pen doth dwell that to the subject lends not some small glory. But to write of you, that you are you, so dignifies the story not making worse what Nature made so clear.

SAGITTARIUS - Your love is strengthened, though more weak in seeming love not less, though less the show appear. That love is merchandised whose rich esteeming, the owners tongue doth publish everywhere. Not that love is less pleasant now, than when her hymns did hush the night. But that wild music burdens every bough and sweets grown common lose their dear delight.

CAPRICORN - How like a winter hath thou absence been from thee. What freezings have thou felt? What dark days seen? And yet this time removed was summer's time, the teeming autumn, big with rich increase, bearing the burden of the prime. For summer and her pleasures wait on thee. And, be not away from thou, from the birds which sing with bidding cheer, praising cease of winter's near.

AQUARIUS - What potions have thou drunk of Siren tears? Applying fears to hopes and hopes to fears, Still losing when thou saw thouself to win. How have thine eyes out of their spheres been fitted, in the distraction of this madding fever? O benefit nil. And ruined love, when it is built anew, grows fairer than at first, stronger, far greater. So thou return, rebuked by content, and gain thrice more than thou have spent.

PISCES - Since brass, nor stone, nor earth, nor boundless sea but sad mortality outweighs their power, how with this rage shall beauty hold a plea, whose action is no stronger than a flower? Oh, how shall summer's honey breath hold out against the siege of battering days, when rocks impregnable are not so stout, nor gates of steel so strong, but Time decays? What strong hand can hold Time's swift foot back? None, unless this miracle have might, that in black ink my love may still shine bright.




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