“One Day I Wrote Her Name”

One day I wrote her name upon the strand,

But came the waves and washed it away:

Again I wrote it with a second hand,

But came the tide, and made my pains his prey.

“Vain man,” said she, “that dost in vain assay,

A mortal thing so to immortalize;

For I myself shall like to this decay,

And eke my name be wiped out likewise.”

“Not so,” (quod I) “let baser things devise

To die in dust, but you shall live by fame:

My verse your vertues rare shall eternize,

And in the heavens write your glorious name:

Where whenas death shall all the world subdue,

Our love shall live, and later life renew.”

— Edmund Spenser

Love can…

…consume us.

**p.s.**

*Roman Numerals*

Roman numerals are the numbers that were used in ancient Rome, which employed combinations of letters from the Latin alphabet:

I — 1

V — 5

X — 10

L — 50

C — 100

D — 500

M — 1,000

Numbers are represented by putting the symbols into various combinations in different orders. The symbols are then added together, for example:

— I + I + I, written as **III**, is 3.

— To write 11 we add X (10) and I (1) and write **XI**.

— For 22 we add X and X and I and I, so **XXII**.

Roman numerals are usually written in order, from largest to smallest and from left to right, but more than three identical symbols never appear in a row. Instead, a system of subtraction is used. When a smaller number appears in front of a larger one, that needs to be subtracted, so:

— **IV** is 4 (5 – 1)

— **IX** is 9 (10 – 1)

The subtraction system is used in six cases:

— I is placed before V and X so, **IV** is 4 and **IX** is 9.

— X is placed before L (50) and C (100) so, **XL** is 40 and **XC** is 90.

— C is placed before D (500) and M (1000) so, **CD** is 400 and **CM** is 900.

So, **“LXXV”** equates to: 75.

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