Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-82), the American writer whose work is imbued with transcendentalism and influenced by Eastern thought. Lang alludes to his poem of the same name:
IF the red slayer think he slays,Back to Line
Żà Żà Or if the slain think he is slain,
They know not well the subtle ways
Żà Żà I keep, and pass, and turn again.
Far or forgot to me is near;
Żà Żà Shadow and sunlight are the same;
The vanish'd gods to me appear;
Żà Żà And one to me are shame and fame.
They reckon ill who leave me out;
Żà Żà When me they fly, I am the wings;
I am the doubter and the doubt,
Żà Żà And I the hymn the Brahmin sings.
The strong gods pine for my abode,
Żà Żà And pine in vain the sacred Seven;
But thou, meek lover of the good!
Żà Żà Find me, and turn thy back on heaven.
pitch: the prepared playing surface in the centre of a cricket field, at each end of which is a wicket; also the way in which the ball is bowled (this and the previous three notes are also courtesy of Eleanor Durrant).
stumps: upright sticks that support the bails and form a wicket that the batsman defends and the bowler tries to hit. Back to Line