And a heaven in a wild flower,
Hold infinity in the palm of your hand,
And eternity in an hour."
-William Blake, Auguries of Innocence
In order from top to bottom:
1. Thrusting Sword, German ca. 1550, pommel and quillon with burled decor.
2. Hand and a Half Sword, German ca. 1520, with blade inscription and crucifix.
3. Hand and a Half Sword, German ca. 1530, flower-bud shaped pommel and quillon ends, the blade with smith’s markings of JOHANNES HOPPE, Solingen.
4. Battle Sword, German ca. 1600, the blade with imperial orb marks.
5. Hand and a Half Sword, German ca. 1580, the blade with smith’s marks
Source: Image and description Copyright Fricker Historical Weapons
You don’t always have to chop with the sword of truth. You can point with it, too.
Anne Lamott’s Bird by Bird (via jen-erator)