UPDATED 13th April 2020
These are strange and worrying times. Suddenly, an anti-ageing blog seems frivolous, but we have to believe that better days are ahead.
My heart goes out to anyone who has lost someone to the virus, how on earth do you cope?
I will continue to post product reviews in the hope you will find them useful when life returns to a ‘new’ normal, because it will.
The name UNFADING BEAUTY was also inspired by a poem written by Thomas Carew.
THE UNFADING BEAUTY
He that loves a rosy cheek,
Or a coral lip admires,
Or from star-like eyes doth seek
Fuel to maintain his fires:
As old Time makes these decay,
So his flames must waste away.
But a smooth and steadfast mind,
Gentle thoughts and calm desires,
Hearts with equal love combined,
Kindle never-dying fires.
Where these are not, I despise
Lovely cheeks or lips or eyes.
Outer beauty eventually fades, it’s inner beauty that lasts forever.
At our age, I think we’ve all finally figured this out, but there’s no harm trying to match to the outside to the inside!
Thomas Carew clumsily tacked on another stanza to this lovely poem, which he renamed DISDAIN RETURNED – charming!
Poets of this era often chose the name ‘Celia’ to portray their paramours, instead of naming them outright. Thomas realises that his Celia’s inner beauty isn’t quite as lovely as he first thought, so he casts her aside.
No tears, Celia, now shall win
My resolv’d heart to return;
I have search’d thy soul within,
And find nought, but pride, and scorn;
I have learn’d thy arts, and now
Can disdain as much as thou.
Some power, in my revenge, convey
That love to her I cast away.
I can’t help thinking the modern equivalent of this is would be Thomas Carew changing his Facebook status to Not in a relationship…