And wisest he in this whole wide landOf hoarding till bent and gray;For all you can hold in your cold, dead handIs what you have given away.. . . . . .He gave with a zest and he gave his best;Give him the best to come.
Hebe's here, May is here! The air is fresh and sunny; And the miser-bees are busy hoarding golden honey.thomas bailey aldrich
Like the intricately rational web of theology woven around the irrational mysteries of faith, the sober explanations of institutions for hoarding literary relics seem like elegant post-factum justifications for what is essentially a sense of sacred awe. An institution of learning seeks significant manuscripts because they possess qualities that scholarship cannot entirely reproduce an authentic, holistic connection with the great writers of the past. It is not the intellectual content of the manuscript that is important but its material presence ink spots, tobacco stains, pinworm holes, and foxing included.dana gioia