600s BC Palestine:
Has a nation changed its gods, even though they are no gods? But my people have changed their glory for that which does not profit. Be appalled, oh heavens, at this. Be shocked, be utterly desolate, declares the LORD. For my people have committed two evils: they have forsaken me, the fountain of living waters, and hewed out cisterns for themselves–broken cisterns that can hold no water.
1300’s AD Italy:
Oh human race, born to fly upwards….why at so little wind do you fall?!!!??
1800’s AD England:
Margaret, are you grieving
Over Goldengrove unleaving?
Leaves, like the things of man, you
With your fresh thoughts care for, can you?
Ah! as the heart grows older
It will come to such sights colder
By & by, nor spare a sigh
Though worlds of wanwood leafmeal lie;
And yet you wíll weep & know why.
Now no matter, child, the name:
Sorrow’s springs are the same.
Nor mouth had, no nor mind, expressed
What héart héard of, ghóst guéssed:
It is the blight man was born for,
It is Margaret you mourn for.