Much Abides

Went to see Skyfall, the new Bond movie. I liked it. Formulaic, of course, but the new Bond movies have been so much better than the old ones, and it was something to do with one of my sons who came home for the holiday.

What prompts this post is the scene, in the midst of a movie filled with shooting and explosions, where Judy Dench, in her role as the head of MI-6, quietly quotes Lord Alfred Tennyson. The quote is an excerpt from the poem Ulysses.

Though much is taken, much abides; and though
We are not now that strength which in old days
Moved earth and heaven; that which we are, we are;
One equal temper of heroic hearts,
Made weak by time and fate, but strong in will
To strive, to seek, to find, and not to yield.

Lord Alfred Tennyson (1809-1892)

Though much is taken, much abides. Happy Thanksgiving.


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