In Praise of Old Books

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Old books are beautiful

Their pages fragrant with time

Old books are made of history

Through them, ghosts live again

Each book is an author’s dream

Pulled from the clouds

Spirit captured in print

Emblazoned on candle-glow pages

Purchased in shops long closed

Read in homes since vanished

Old books have survived wars

And speak in silence

They are childhood’s companion

And age’s comfort

Old books still enchant

A repository of myth, faery, poetry, philosophy,

Sinners, saints, delinquents, kings, queens, libertines

Hellfire, incense, romance, consequence, superstition and erudition

Old books have known as much of life

As you or I

And as long as we read them

Old books never die