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ars longa, vita brevis (was: RE: Ebisedian,

From:John Cowan <jcowan@...>
Date:Monday, March 10, 2003, 22:38
And Rosta scripsit:

> Can anyone remember how old he was when he wrote that essay? I still > nurse hopes of completing Livagian, but the feeling that life is too > short does weigh heavy on the shoulders.
CJRT's best guess is that the essay was first written in 1931, when JRRT was 39. (Eheu fugaces!) Of course, it was rewritten later, and may itself have been a rewrite of an earlier version now utterly lost. A macaronic verse by an author forgotten (at least by me): Eheu fugaces Anni labuntur Postume, Postume, The years slip away And are lost to me, lost to me! -- John Cowan "If he has seen farther than others, it is because he is standing on a stack of dwarves." --Mike Champion, describing Tim Berners-Lee (adapted)