The Dim Pause


How sweet it is to sit and read the tales
Of mightiest poets and to hear the while
Sweet music, which when the attention fails
Fill the dim pause —

The fragment of poetry quoted above is by Percy Bysshe Shelley. The lines were written in a notebook, probably in March 1819. According to Mary Shelley, Shelley heard the Miserere in the Sistine Chapel on 30th March 1819 and, as he was reading Plutarch on that day, he was possibly reading Plutarch during the performance. The lines may reflect that. I certainly seem to (too often) experience ‘the dim pause’ of loss of concentration when reading - the familiarity made this fragment of verse memorable and led me to settle on using the identity TheDimPause for a number of online presences.

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