On the Number 97

97 in Mathematics
1) The 49th odd number = 97
2) The 25th prime number = 97
(largest two-digit prime number following 89 & preceding 101)
3) The 11th member of the Mian-Chowla sequence = 97
(1, 2, 4, 8, 13, 21, 31, 45, 66, 81, 97, 123)
4) The highest two digit number whtere the sum of is digits is a square
97: 9 + 7 = 16 = 4 x 4 = 42
5) Sum of the 4th and 9th square numbers = 16 + 81 = 97
6) Sum of the 1st odd number & 21st abundant number = 1 + 96 = 97
7) Sum of the 2nd square number & 22nd lucky number = 4 + 93 = 97
8) Sum of the 25th even number & 25th odd number = 48 + 49 = 97
9) Sum of the 2nd cube number & 24th prime numbers = 8 + 89 = 97
10) Sum of the 17th odd number & 4th cube number = 33 + 64 = 97
11) Sum of the 3rd & 13th triangular numbers = 6 + 91 = 97
12) Sum of the 6th & 11th Fibonacci numbers = 8 + 89 = 97
13) Sum of the 6th, 9th, and 10th Fibonacci numbers = 8 + 34 + 55 = 97
(Leonardo Pisano Fibonacci, 1170-1250)
14) Sum of the 1st, 4th, & 21st lucky numbers = 1 + 9 + 87 = 97
15) Sum of the 2nd, 3rd, & 21st lucky numbers = 3 + 7 + 87 = 97
16) Sum of the 1st & 68th composite numbers = 4 + 93 = 97
17) Sum of the 11th & 55th composite numbers = 20 + 77 = 97
18) Square root of 97 = 9.8488578
19) Cube root of 97 = 4.5947
20) ln 97 = 4.57471 (natural log to the base e)
21) log 97 = 1.98677 (logarithm to the base 10)
22) Sin 97o = 0.99254615
Cos 97o = -0.12186934
Tan 97o = -8.144346428
23) 1/97 expressed as a decimal = 0.010309278
24) The 35th & 36th digits of e = 97

e = 2.7182818284 5904523536 0287471352 6624977572 4709369995
         9574966967 6277240766 3035354759 4571382178 5251664274
         2746639193 2003059921 8174135966 2904357290 0334295260
         5956307381 3232862794 3490763233 8298807531 9525101901
         1573834187 9307021540 8914993488 4167509244 7614606680

(Note: The 99th-108th digits of e = 7427466391 is the first 10-digit prime in
consecutive digits of e. This is the answer to the Google Billboard question
that may lead to a job opportunity at Google.com, San Jose Mercury News, 7-10-2004)
25) The 12th & 13th digits of pi, π = 97
The 38th & 39th digits of pi, π = 97
The 55th & 56th digits of pi, π = 97
26) The 81st & 82nd digits of phi, φ = 97
The 271st & 272nd digits of phi, φ = 97
Phi or φ = 1.61803... is an irrational number,
also called the Golden Ratio (or Golden number).
Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519) first called it the sectio aurea,
(Latin for the golden section) and related it to human anatomy.
Ratios may be found in the Pyramids of Giza & the Greek Parthenon.
27) Binary number for 97 = 1100001
(Decimal & Binary Equivalence;
28) ASCII value for 097 = a
(ASCII Code Chart)
29) Hexadecimal number for 97 = 61
(Hexadecimal # & ASCII Code Chart)
30) Octal number for 97 = 141
(Hexadecimal # & ASCII Code Chart)
31) The Greek-based numeric prefix heptanonaconta- means 97.
32) The Latin word nonaginta septem means 97.
33) The Roman numeral for 97 is XCVII.
34) Jiu Shí Chi (9, 10, 7) is the Chinese ideograph for 97.
35) (60, 30, 7) is the Babylonian number for 97
Georges Ifrah, From One to Zero: A Universal History of Numbers,
Penguin Books, New York (1987), pp. 326-327
36) The Hebrew letters Tzadi (90) & Zayin (7)
add to 97 meaning "to bind or fasten"
(Hebrew Alphabet, Hebrew Gematria)
37) 97 in different languages:
Dutch: negentig-zeven, French: quatre-vingt-sept, German: neunzig-sieben, Hungarian: kilencven-hét,
Italian: novantina-sette, Spanish: noventa-siete, Swedish: nittio-sju, Turkish: doksan-yedi

97 in Science & Technology
38) Atomic Number of Berkelium (Bk) = 97 (97 protons & 97 electrons)
Berkelium is a radioactive rare earth metal, named after University of California
at Berkeley (USA). It was discovered by Glenn T. Seaborg in 1949. Apparently,
berkelium tends to accumulate in the skeletal system. It is of no commercial
importance and only a few of its compounds are known. Atomic mass = 247.
39) Atomic Weight of Technetium Isotope (97Tc43) = 97
Technetium is the lightest element whose isotopes are all radioactive; none are stable,
excluding the fully ionized state of 97Tc. The most stable radioisotope 97Tc
has a half-life of 4.21 million years. Technetium was discovered and
isolated by Emilio Segré in 1937 at University of Palermo in Sicily.
40) Chemical compounds whose molecular weight is 97:
Difluoronitromethane, CHF2NO2 = 97.0209
Sodium glycinate, C2H4NNaO2 = 97.0484
Pyridine, 3-fluoro-, C5H4FN = 97.0904
Hexanenitrile, C6H11N = 97.1582
Isoxazole, 3,5-dimethyl-, C5H7NO = 97.1152
41) Organic compounds whose melting or boiling point is 97oC:
n-Butyraldehyde, CH3(CH2)2CHO, MP = -97oC
Allyl Alcohol, CH2=CHCH2OH, BP = 97oC
n-Propyl Alcohol, CH3CH2CH2OH, BP = 97oC
Propyl 4-Hydroxybenzoate, HOC6H4CO2CH2CH2CH3, MP = 97oC
42) The 97th amino acid in the 141-residue alpha-chain of Human Hemoglobin is Aspartic Acid (D)
The 97th amino acid in the 146-residue beta-chain of Human Hemoglobin is Histidine (H)
Single-Letter Amino Acid Code
Alpha-chain sequence of human hemoglobin:
Beta-chain sequence of human hemoglobin:
43) The 97th amino acid in the 153-residue sequence of sperm whale myoglobin
is Histidine (H) [A.B. Edmundson, Nature 205, 883-887 (1965)]
X-ray structure of myoglobin shows that Histidine-97
is two amino acids away from end of the F-helix 86-95
[H.C. Watson, Progr. Stereochem. 4, 299 (1969)]
44) The 97th amino acid in the 124-residue enzyme
Bovine Ribonuclease is Tyrosine (Y)
It is next to Alanine-96 and Lysine-98
[C. H. W. Hirs, S. Moore, and W. H. Stein, J. Biol. Chem. 235, 633 (1960)]
45) Single α-helix (SAH) domains are rich in charged residues (Arg, Lys, Glu)
and stable in solution over a wide range of pH and salt concentrations.
97-residues peptide from myosin-10 that contained residues 813-909
behaved as a SAH domain with 67% helical with circular dichroism studies.
Marcin Wolny, et. al., Journal of Biological Chemistry, Vol. 289, 27825-27835 (2014)
Messier M97 is a planetary nebula located 2,030 light years
away in the constellation Ursa Major. It was discovered by
French astronomer Pierre Méchain on February 16, 1781.
When William Parsons, 3rd Earl of Rosse, observed the
nebula in 1848, his hand-drawn illustration resembled an
owl's head. It has been known as Owl Nebula ever since.
M97 is 8,000 years old, with radius of 0.91 light years.
47) NGC 97 is a elliptical galaxy estimated to be about 230 million light-years away
in the constellation of Andromeda. It was discovered by John Herschel in 1828
and its apparent magnitude is 13.5. Its size is 104,200 light years across.
From Los Altos, California NGC 97 is visible all night. It will become visible
at around 20:10 (PDT) as the dusk sky fades, 23o above your eastern horizon.
It will be lost to dawn twilight at around 05:48, 38o above your western horizon.
48) Asteroid 97 Klotho is a fairly large main-belt asteroid. It was discovered by Ernst Tempel on
February 17, 1868. It was his fifth and final asteroid discovery. It is named after Klotho or
Clotho, one of the three Moirai, or Fates, in Greek mythology. Clotho was responsible for
spinning the thread of human life, and is shown with a spindle. The asteroid has mass of
1.33x1018 kg, dimension 82.83 km, and a period of 4.37 years.
49) Lockheed F-97 Starfire: The USAF was impressed that in February 1950
they purchased the unarmed L-188 demonstrator under designation YF-97.
At the same time, the USAF ordered a fully militarized prototype YF-97
under the serial number 50-877. 180 production examples were ordered
under the designation F-97A. The company designation for the F-97A
was Model 880. On Sept. 12, 1950, the YF-97 was redesignated YF-94C.
Dimensions: Wingspan 42'5", length 44'6", height 14'11", Weights:
12,708 pounds empty, 18,300 pounds loaded. Performance:
Maximum speed: 640 mph at sea level. Photo Source: pinterest,com
50) Boeing C-97 Stratofreighter is a long-range heavy military cargo aircraft
developed from the B-29 and B-50 bombers. Design work began in 1942,
with the prototype's first flight being on 9 November 1944, and the first
production aircraft entered service in 1947. Between 1947 & 1958, 888 C-97s
in several versions were built, 811 being KC-97 tankers. C-97s served in
the Berlin Airlift, Korean War, and Vietnam War. Some aircraft served
as flying command posts for the Strategic Air Command, while others
were modified for use in Aerospace Rescue and Recovery Squadrons
(ARRS). C-97 aircraft was retired in 1978. Photo Source: wikipedia.org
51) N97 Submarine was from the Polish Navy. A submarine of the U class
built by Vickers Armstrong (Barrow-in-Furness, U.K.). HMS Urchin was
loaned to the Polish Navy on 11 January 1941. Commissioned as ORP Sokol
(Falcon) on 28 January 1941. Returned to the Royal Navy on 3 August 1946.
Scrapped in 1949. WW II events: 2 Nov 1941: It sank Italian merchant
Balilla 20 nautical miles north-west of Capo San Vito, Sicily. 12 Feb 1942:
ORP Sokol sank Italian auxiliary patrol vessel Giuseppina with gunfire
about 30 nautical miles south of Sfax, Tunisia. Photo Source: uboat.net
52) Type 97 Chi-Ha Tank was a medium tank used by the Imperial Japanese
Army during the Second Sino-Japanese War, the Battles of Khalkhin Gol
against the Soviet Union, and Second World War. It was the most widely
produced Japanese medium tank of WW II. The Type 97's low silhouette
and semicircular radio antenna on the turret distinguished the tank from
its contemporaries. After 1941, the tank was less effective than most Allied
tank designs. In 1942, a new version of the Chi-Ha was produced with a larger
three-man turret, & a high-velocity Type 1 47 mm tank gun. It was designated
the Type 97-Kai. Type 97 Chi-Ha Tank was designed in 1936. 1162 were built
(1938-1943) plus 930 of Type 97-Kai. Weight: 15.8 tons; Length: 18'1"; Width: 7'8";
Height: 7'3"; Crew: 4; Speed 24 mph. Photo Source: commons.wikimedia.org
53) Steam Locomotive 97: The Mobile & Gulf Railroad was incorporated in Alabama
on July 1, 1925, to acquire and operate a line of railroad in Fayette and Tuscaloosa
counties, Alabama. About 1930, Brown Wood Preserving Company built a creosote
plant at Brownville, AL, on the M&G. which soon became a major source of traffic
for the line. Late in 1946 the Brown sawmill at Fayette burned and was not rebuilt.
In 1948 the section of line between Fayette and Brownville was abandoned, leaving
11 miles in operation between that point and Buhl. Number 97, the last M&G steam
locomotive, was retired on August 22, 1970, making M&G the last common carrier
in US to use a steam locomotive. M&G was abandoned in 1984. Wreck of the Old 97
was an American rail disaster on Sept. 27, 1903 of Southern Railway mail train.
Photo Source: brownvillealabama.com
54) STS-97 Space Shuttle Endeavour: On their 11-day mission, the astronauts completed
three spacewalks, or EVAs, to deliver and connect the first set of U.S.-provided solar
arrays to the International Space Station, prepare a docking port for arrival of the U.S.
Laboratory Destiny, install Floating Potential Probes to measure electrical potential
surrounding the station, install a camera cable outside the Unity module, and transfer
supplies, equipment and refuse between Endeavour and the station. Five-men Crew:
Commander Brent Jett, Pilot Michael Bloomfield, Mission Specialists Joseph Tanner,
Marc Garneau and Carlos Noriega. Flight was launched on Nov. 30, 2000 and landed
on December 11, 2000 at Kennedy Space Center, Florida. On Flight Day 3, Commander
Brent Jett linked Endeavour to ISS while 230 statute miles above northeast Kazakhstan.
STS-97 travelled 4.5 million miles on this journey. Photo Source: science.ksc.nasa.gov
55) Graham 1938 Model 97 Supercharged Auto: Graham-Paige was an American automobile
manufacturer founded by brothers Joseph Graham, Robert Graham, & Ray Graham
in 1927. Automobile production ceased in 1940, and its automotive assets were acquired
by Kaiser-Frazer (1947). New 1938 Graham introduced with slogan "Spirit of Motion".
The fenders, wheel openings & grille all appeared to be moving forward. Design was
widely praised in American press & by American designers. It also won the prestigious
Concours D'Elegance in Paris, France. Wins were also recorded in Prix d'Avant-Garde at
Lyon, the Prix d'Elegance at Bordeaux, and Grand Prix d'Honneur at Deauville, France.
Its cut-back grille later gained the car the name "sharknose". Photo Source: 1zoom.me
56) 1931 Willys Overland Six 97 Coach Automobile: Willys was a brand name used by
Willys-Overland Motors, an American automobile company best known for its design
and production of military Jeeps and civilian versions (CJs) during the 20th century.
In 1926, Willys-Overland introduced a new line of small cars named Willys-Overland
Whippet. During depression of the 1930s, many Willys automotive brands faltered.
Stearns-Knight was liquidated in 1929. Whippet production ended in 1931, its models
replaced by the Willys Six and Eight. Production of the Willys-Knight ended in 1933.
At All Collectors Cars, 1931 Willys Overland-Model 97 Roadster is on sale for $40,995.
Photo Source: amazon.com

97 in Mythology & History
57) The 97th day of the year (non-leap year) = April 7
[Spanish missionary, St. Francis Xavier (1506-1552) was born on April 7, 1506;
British poet, William Wordsworth (1770-1850) was born April 7, 1770;
American industrialist, W.K. Kellogg (1860-1951) was born April 7, 1860;
American jazz singer, Billie Holiday (1915-1959), was born April 7, 1815.]
58) The 97th day of the year (leap year) = April 6
[Italian painter, Raphael (1483-1520) was born on April 6, 1483;
American actor, Walter Huston (1884-1950) was born on April 6, 1884;
Dutch airman, Anthony Fokker (1890-1939) was born on April 6, 1890;
American explorer, Lowell Thomas (1892-1981) was born on April 6, 1981;
American baritone, Gerry Mulligan (1927-1996) was born on April 6, 1927]
59) 97 B.C. was a year of the pre-Julian Roman calendar. At the time
it was known as the Year of the Consulship of Lentulus and Crassus
(or, less frequently, year 657 Ab urbe condita).
• According to Christianity, birth of Saint Joseph, husband of Saint Mary,
the mother of Jesus, and his "earthly-father". According to this account,
Joseph was 92 years old when Jesus was born.
60) 97 A.D.Pope Evaristus succeeds Pope Clement I;
Historian Tacitus advanced to consulship;
• The Roman emperor Nerva recalls the general Marcus Ulpius Trajanus,
44, from the Rhine and formally adopts him in October
at ceremonies in the temple of Jupiter in the Capitol.
— James Trager (Ed.), The People's Chronology (1979), p. 39
61) The Gregorian calendar has a cycle of 400 years, during which time there
are 97 leap years. In theory, you'd expect one leap year every four years,
for a total of 100, but only one of the four "century years" in a 400-year
span (the one that's divisible by 400) is a leap year.
— Derrick Niedermanm, Number Freak, A Perigee Book, NY, 2009, pp. 221-222.
62) 97th Infantry Division was a unit of the United States Army
in World War I and World War II. Nicknamed the Trident division
because of its shoulder patch, a vertical trident in white on a
blue background, it was originally trained in amphibious assaults
as preparation for deployment in Pacific Theater, it was deployed
to Europe in 1944 when casualties from Battle of the Bulge needed
to be replaced. Active: 9/5-11/20/1918 & 2/25/1943-3/31/1946.
Photo Source: Trident Logo (commons.wikimedia.org)
63) 97 passengers on the Hindenburg airship when it exploded
on May 6, 1937, of whom 35 died (Topps Scoop Card #20).
— William Hartston, The Book of Numbers,
Metro Books, London, 1997, p. 142.
64) Bodybuilder Charles Atlas claimed he was a 97 pounds
weakling who gets sand kicked in his face by a bully.
Then he sent for a free 32-page book Dynamic Tension
that was advertised in comic books on body building—
"I Can Make YOU a New Man, In Only 15 Minutes a Day!"
He went back on the beach & beat up the bully and won
his girlfriend back. Atlas' "Dynamic Tension" program
consists of twelve lessons and one final perpetual lesson.
His products & lessons have sold millions. Atlas became
the face of fitness. Among those who took Atlas' course
were Max Baer, heavyweight boxing champion (1934-1935),
Rocky Marciano,heavyweight boxing champion (1952-1956),
and Joe Louis, heavyweight boxing champion (1937-1949).
65) The Marching 97 is the renowned marching band of Lehigh University.
Infamous for their inane antics, the band is named for its 97 members,
comprised of 12 ranks of 8 members each for a total of 96 musicians—
add a drum major, bringing to 97 people. The first Lehigh University
Band was formed in 1906. It has appeared at Carnegie Hall, the 1964
World's Fair, bowl games, and London, England, much illustrious
history to be proud of. Photo Source: Marching 97 Logo (marching97.org)
66) 97th United States Congress was a meeting of the legislative branch of the United States
federal government, composed of the United States Senate (100) and the United States House
of Representatives (435). It met in Washington, D.C. from January 3, 1981, to January 3, 1983,
during final weeks of Jimmy Carter's presidency & first 2 years of Ronald Reagan's presidency.
Major events: Iran hostage crisis ended (1-20-1981); First space shuttle launched (4-12-1981);
Senate confirmed first female U.S. Supreme Court justice, Sandra Day O'Connor (9-21-1981).
67) At Age 97:
Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh (born June 10, 1921),
husband and consort of Queen Elizabeth, retired from
his royal duties on 2 August 2017, at the age of 96, after
having completed 22,219 solo engagements since 1952.
At age 97, he attends his grandson Prince Harry's wedding
to Meghan Markle at St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle,
on 19 May 2018. Wedding photo shows him seating to the
right of QE and in front of Prince Charles' wife Camilla.

Teiichi Igarashi (born Sept. 21, 1886), climbed Mt. Fuji, 12,385 feet in 1982
at age 97. Each year, starting at age 90, he has made the ascent of the sacred
mountain. On July 20, 1986, Igarashi climbed Mt. Fuji at the age of 99.

John D. Rockefeller (1839-1937), was an American oil industry
business magnate, industrialist, and philanthropist. He is widely
considered the wealthiest American of all time, and the richest
person in modern history. Rockefeller was also the founder of
the University of Chicago & Rockefeller University. At age 86,
Rockefeller penned the following words to sum up his life:
"I was early taught to work as well as play, / My life has been one long,
happy holiday; / Full of work and full of play— / I dropped the worry
on the way— / And God was good to me everyday."
When he died
in 1937 at age 97, his fortune was estimated at $1.4 billion,
while the total national GDP was $92 billion. As a percentage
of the U.S.' GDP, no other American fortune— including those
of Bill Gates or Sam Walton— would even come close.
Photo: J.S. Sargent's 1917 painting of J.D. Rockefeller (commons.wikimedia.org)

Sir Robert Mayer (1879-1985), was a German-born philanthropist,
businessman, and a major supporter of music & young musicians.
Mayer became a citizen of the United Kingdom in 1902. His wife,
soprano Dorothy Moulton (d. 1974), an avant garde singer whom
he married in 1919, encouraged him to continue his interest in music.
At age 97, he goes on a tour of the USA (1976) with London Schools
Symphony Orchestra
which he had founded in 1951 at the age 72.
His 100th birthday in 1979 was a national celebration that included
a gala concert at Royal Festival Hall, attended by Queen Elizabeth II.
Published autobiography My First 100 Years in 1979. Photo: bbc.co.uk

Joel Henry Hildebrand (1881-1993) was an American educator &
a pioneer chemist. He was a major figure in physical chemistry
research specializing in liquids and nonelectrolyte solutions.
He joined UC Berkeley as a chemistry instructor in 1913, and
was granted Full Professorship in 1919. He served as Dean of
College of Chemistry (1949-1951). He retired from full-time
teaching in 1952 but remained Professor Emeritus at Berkeley
until his death. Hildebrand Hall on the Berkeley campus is
named for him. He worked with undergraduate students even
at the age of 100. His book Viscosity and Diffusivity: A Predictive
(June 1977) was published when he was 95-years-old.
"Is there a hydrophobic effect?" PNAS, 76, 194 (1979); Obituary.
Harold A. Scheraga (born Oct. 18, 1921), American physical chemist of proteins
and macromolecules, Cornell University Todd Professor Emeritus in Chemistry
is still active at age 97 (2017), doing both experimental & theoretical research
on protein structure folding & mechanism of action of thrombin on fibrinogen
(an important reaction in the blood clotting process). Scheraga has published
over 1170 scientific articles, and is an active editorial & advisory board member
of nine scientific journals. He continues to give seminars both at Cornell and
around the world. In 2005, he received a Doctor Honoris Causa from the
University of Gdansk. "My 65 years in protein chemistry"
[Quarterly Reviews of Biophysics 48, 117-177 (May 2015)] published at age 94.
"A Conversation with Harold A. Scheraga" is an Oral History Project
of Cornell's Department of Chemistry with extended interviews with
senior faculty members. Scheraga shares his life's journey, professional
interests and reflections about his department and its nurturing environment. (Web)

97 in Geography
68) Cities located at 97o longitude:
Salina, Kansas: 97o 39' W longitude & 38o 48' N latitude
Wichita, Kansas: 97o 25' W longitude & 38o 20' N latitude
Columbus, Nebraska: 97o 20' W longitude & 41o 28' N latitude
Norfolk, Nebraska: 97o 26' W longitude & 41o 59' N latitude
Grand Forks, North Dakota: 97o 24' W longitude & 47o 57' N latitude
Ardmore, Oklahoma: 97o 1' W longitude & 34o 18' N latitude
Norman, Oklahoma: 97o 29' W longitude & 35o 15' N latitude
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma: 97o 36' W longitude & 35o 24' N latitude
Ponca City, Oklahoma: 97o 6' W longitude & 36o 44' N latitude
Stillwater, Oklahoma: 97o 5' W longitude & 36o 10' N latitude
Watertown, South Dakota: 97o 9' W longitude & 44o 55' N latitude
Yankton, South Dakota: 97o 23' W longitude & 42o 55' N latitude
Austin, Texas: 97o 42' W longitude & 30o 18' N latitude
Corpus Christi, Texas: 97o 30' W longitude & 27o 46' N latitude
Denton, Texas: 97o 6' W longitude & 33o 12' N latitude
Fort Worth, Texas: 97o 3' W longitude & 32o 50' N latitude
Waco, Texas: 97o 13' W longitude & 31o 37' N latitude
Bhamo, Myanmar: 97o 23' E longitude & 24o 25' N latitude
Kyaikto, Myanmar: 97o 01' E longitude & 17o 30' N latitude
Orizabaz, Mexico: 97o 06' W longitude & 18o 51' N latitude
69) 97 is not used as a code for international direct dial phone calls.
(Codes beginning with 97: 970 = Palestinian Authority,
971 = United Arab Emirates, 972 = Israel, 973 = Bahrain,
974 = Qatar, 975 = Bhutan,7 976 = Mongolia, 977 = Nepal,
70) European Route E97 is an A-class European Route
in Ukraine, Russia, Georgia, and Turkey. Highway
runs for 1,360 kilometers (850 miles). It connects
the North Black Sea region with South Black Sea
region along eastern shores of the sea.
71) US Highway 97 is a major north-south U.S. highway in the western U.S.
It begins at a junction with Interstate 5 at Weed, CA, and travels north,
ending in Oroville in Okanogan County, Washington, at the Canada-US
border, across from Osoyoos, British Columbia, becoming British Columbia
Highway 97 upon entering Canada. Major cities that lie on US 97 include
Klamath Falls, Bend, and Redmond in Oregon and Yakima, Ellensburg,
and Wenatchee in Washington. Existed since 1926; Length 663 miles.
72) Interstate 97 is a part of the Interstate Highway System that runs entirely
within Anne Arundel County, Maryland. The intrastate Interstate runs
17.62 miles from U.S. Route 50 & US 301 in Parole near Annapolis north
to I-695 & I-895 in Brooklyn Park near Baltimore. I-97 connects Annapolis
with Baltimore-Washington International Airport & links northern Anne
Arundel County communities of Crownsville, Millersville, Severna Park,
Glen Burnie, and Ferndale. It is the shortest primary Interstate Highway.
73) Michigan Highway 97
ran for 17.17 km (27.6 miles) following
Groesbeck Highway from 1929-present.
South Terminus: M-3 at Detroit;
M-102 near Warren; I-696 near Roseville
North Terminus: M-59 near Mount Clemens.
74) State Highway 97 (SH-97) is a state highway
in Kootenai County, Idaho. The highway runs
for 35.745 miles (57.526 km) from State Highway 3
to Interstate 90 (I-90) along the east side of Lake
Coeur d'Alene, passing through the community
of Harrison. The entire highway is designated
as the Lake Coeur d'Alene Scenic Byway.
75) King's Highway 97
ran for 69.1 km (42.9 miles)
in South Ontario, Canada
from 1938-1984.
Western Terminus:
Hwy 59 at Hickson;
Eastern Terminus:
Hwy 6 at Freelton.
Decommissioned in 1984;
Current Names: Oxford Road 8,
Waterloo Road 97 & Hamilton Road 97
76) New Zealand State Highway 97 (SH 97) connects
the settlements of Five Rivers (on SH 6) and Mossburn
(on SH 94) in Southland region. The highway was gazetted
in 2004 to reflect the increasing amount of traffic between
the tourist destinations of Queenstown and Fiordland
National Park & provides a bypass of town of Lumsden,
where SH 6 and 94 intersect. Photo: commons.wikimedia.org
77) 241 West 97th Street is a building in Manhattan, NYC.
Built in 1923 by architects Schwartz & Gross, this full service
pre-war condominium has 24-hour doormen, porters, & a live-in
superintendent. 241 West 97th Street comprises only 56 units
in this half of the building. Perfectly located on 97th St.
between West End Avenue and Broadway, The Sabrina
is a short walk from Riverside and Central Parks.
Westside Market is located on the ground floor of
the building while Whole Foods is a short walk away.
78) 1 East 97th Street is a pre-war, neo-Georgian-style apartment
building at 1160 Fifth Avenue on the northeast corner at 97th Street.
It is six-stories tall and has a canopied entrance facing Central Park.
The building, which is also known as 1 East 97th Street, has 70 rental
apartments. It was built and designed by Fred F. French Co., in 1923.
It is a few blocks south of Mt. Sinai Hospital and a few block north
of Museum Mile on Fifth Ave and many of the units have fireplaces.
The building has a full-time doorman and sidewalk landscaping,
but not garage, no sundeck and no balconies. At one point,
Charles Mingus, the great jazz bassist, lived in the building.
79) 97 Fifth Avenue is located between East 17th Street & East 18th Street,
Manhattan. This attractive late 19th Century office building has been
converted to rental apartments. The building has 12-foot-high ceilings.
The 8-story building, which is owned by the J. & R. Kalimian Trust,
has 28 apartments and a three-story rusticated limestone base. It was
designed in 1898 by Robert Maynicke. It is 3 blocks north of 14th Street
where there is excellent cross-town bus service and this location is
convenient not only to Greenwich Village & Union Square, but also
Chelsa & Flatiron Districts. There are many restaurants & boutiques
in this neighborhood as well as Barnes & Noble and Whole Foods.


Stanford Class of 1897
Stanford Bronze Plaque 97 is located directly at the front door
of Stanford University's Memorial Church, and is dedicated to
the Class of 1897. The first graduating class at Stanford was 1892.
Another Plaque 97 near Building 80 (Dept. of Human Biology)
is dedicated to the Class of 1997. In 1980, Stanford Provost
Don Kennedy strolled around the Inner Quad and calculated
it would take 512 years for the bronze class plaques embedded
in the walkways to circle the entire area ending with Class of 2403.

Stanford Class of 1997

97 in Sports & Games
81) Sports Players with Uniform #97

Cornelius Bennett #97
Buffalo Bills (1987-1995)
Atlanta Falcons (1996-1998)
Indianapolis Colts (1999-2000)

Simeon Rice #97
Arizona Cardinals (1996-2000)
Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2001-06)
Denver Broncos (2007)

Bryant Young #97
San Frncisco 49ers (1994-2007)
Atlanta Falcons (2017-present)
Defensive Line Coach

Jeremy Roenick #97
Chicago Blackhawks (1988-1996)
Phoenix Coyotes (1996-2001)
Philadelphia Flyers (2001-2005)

Cornelius Bennett (born 8-25-1965) is a former American football linebacker who played for Buffalo Bills from 1987 to 1995,
Atlanta Falcons from 1996 to 1998, and Indianapolis Colts from 1999 to 2000. Bennett was a five-time Pro Bowler, being
elected in 1988, and 1990-1993, and won the AFC Defensive Player of the Year award twice (1988 and 1991). His career
statistics include 1190 tackles, 71.5 quarterback sackes, 31 forced fumbles, and 7 interceptions. Card #560 of Pacific 1991
NFL trading cards
shows him as linebacker for the Buffalo Bills (see above).
Simeon Rice (born 2-24-1974) is a former American football defensive end. He was drafted by the Arizona Cardinals
third overall in the 1996 NFL Draft. He is 20th all-time in sacks (122) in NFL history. In his 12-year NFL career, Rice recorded
122 sacks, forced 25 fumbles, recovered 8, & intercepted 5 passes. He earned three Pro Bowl selections & earned a Super Bowl
ring with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Super Bowl XXXVII, beating the Oakland Raiders 48-21 (2003). He has also played for
the Denver Broncos, Indianapolis Colts and New York Sentinels.
Bryant Young (born 1-27-1972) is a former American football defensive tackle for the San Francisco 49ers of the NFL.
A first round draft pick out of University of Notre Dame, he played the defensive tackle position. He is currently
the defensive line coach for Atlanta Falcons. Young was nominated for the 2019 class of the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
Won Super Bowl champion (XXIX) beating San Diego Chargers 49-26 (1995). Career statistics, Sacks: 89.5, Tackles: 618.
Jeremy Roenick (born 1-17-1970) is an American former professional ice hockey player who played the majority of
his career in the National Hockey League. He played for the Chicago Blackhawks, Phoenix Coyotes, Philadelphia Flyers,
Los Angeles Kings, and San Jose Sharks over the course of his 18 NHL season career and represented Team USA in
numerous international tournaments. On November 10, 2007, he became the third American-born player (Joe Mullen
& Mike Modano were the first two) to score 500 goals. After Chicago Blackhawks traded him to Phoenix Coyotes in 1996,
Roenick dumped his #27 jersey for #97, saying "maybe '97 will be my first Stanley Cup." it wasn't, but in 2005-2006,
Roenick was wearing 97 in his first year with Los Angeles Kings.
Reference: Sporting News, Best By Number: Who Wore What With Distinction (2006), p. 218;
Photos: Cornelius Bennett (sportsworldcards.com); Simeon Rice (theplayerstribune.com);
Bryant Young (bestsportsphotos.com); Jeremy Roenick (people.davidjoel.co)
82) Baseball's 97th World Series (2001): Arizona Diamondbacks defeats New York Yankees 4-3.
Considered one of the greatest World Series of all time, memorable aspects included two
extra-inning games and three late-inning comebacks. Diamondbacks pitchers Randy Johnson
& Curt Schilling were both named World Series MVP. Game 1 (10/27): Diamonbaks 9-Yankees 1,
Game 2 (10/28): Diamondbacks 4-Yankees 0, Game 3 (10/30): Yankees 2,-Diamondbacks 1
Game 4 (10/31): Yankees 4-Diamondbacks 3 (10 innings), Game 5 (11/1): Yankees 3-Diamondbacks 2 (12 innings),
Game 6 (11/3): Diamondbacks 15-Yankees 2, Game 7 (11/4): Diamondbacks 3-Yankees 2. The World Series
began later than usual, due to a delay in the regular season after the September 11 attacks at World Trade Center
in NYC. As a result, the Series was the first to extend into November. This was the first World Series championship
for the Arizona Diamondbacks, and the earliest (4 years) an MLB franchise had ever won a World Series.
83) Rickey Henderson had his 97th stolen base (2nd base)
againstAl Williams of the Minnesota Twins on 7-30-1982
when he set the season stolen base record of 130 in 1982.
84) Lowest Career Batting Average by a Pitcher ranked 48th with .097
George A. Smith, John Montefusco, Sandy Koufax, Scott Anderson.
Lyle Spatz (Ed.), The SABR Baseball List & Record Book, Scribner, NY (2007), p. 21
85) Most Extra-base Hits in a Season, since 1893, ranked 25th with 97
Babe Ruth (1927), Hack Wilson (1930), Joe Medwick (1937), Juan Gonzales (1998).
Lyle Spatz (Ed.), The SABR Baseball List & Record Book, Scribner, NY (2007), p. 123
86) Fewest Walks per 9 Innings in a Season, since 1893, ranked 27th with .097
Jesse Tannehill (Pittsburgh, 1902), Cy Young (Boston, 1903), Christy Mathewson (NY, 1908 & 1915)
Lyle Spatz (Ed.), The SABR Baseball List & Record Book, Scribner, NY (2007), p. 256
87) Most Stolen Bases in a Seaon, since 1893, ranked 9th with 97— Ron LeFlore (Montreal, 1980);
(#1 Rickey Henderson 130 in 1982, #2 Lou Brock 118 in 1974, #3 Vince Coleman 110 in 1985)
Lyle Spatz (Ed.), The SABR Baseball List & Record Book, Scribner, NY (2007), p. 335
88) Most Times Ejected from a Major League Game as a Manager
ranked 3rd with 97— Earl Weaver;
(#1 Bobby Cox 123, #2 John McGraw)
Lyle Spatz (Ed.), The SABR Baseball List & Record Book, Scribner, NY (2007), p. 367
89) 20-year old Pittsburgh Steelers' wide-receiver Juju Smith-Schuster scored a 97-yard touchdown
during a 20-15 victory on October 29, 2017, against the Detroit Lions. The 97-yard touchdown
reception was the longest pass play in team history (Video). It was also the longest touchdown in
the 2017 NFL season. He made a season-high 7 receptions for 193 receiving yards in the game.
90) 97th Wimbledon Mens Tennis: John McEnroe beats Chris Lewis
(6-2, 6-2, 6-2) on July 3, 1983.
91) 97th Wimbledon Womens Tennis: Martina Navratilova beats Zina Garrison
(6-4, 6-1) on July 8, 1990.
92) 97th U.S. Tennis Open: Guillermo Vilas beats Jimmy Connors
(2-6, 6-3, 7-6, 6-0) on September 11, 1977.
93) 97th Kentucky Derby was won by Canonero II in 2:03.2
with Jockey Gustavo Avila aboard (May 1, 1971).
94) 97th Preakness Stakes was won by Canonero II in 1:54
with Jockey Gustavo Avila aboard (May 15, 1971).
95) 97th Belmont Stakes was won by Hail to All in 2:28.6
with JockeyJohn Sellers aboard (June 5, 1965).
96) 97th U.S. Golf Open was won by Ernie Els at Blue Course of Congressional Country
Club in Bethesda, Maryland,, held June 12-15, 1997. He shot 276 (4 under par).
97) #97 Ford Fusion won the 2004 NASCAR
Nextel Cup Series Championship
. It was
the 56th season of professional stock car
racing in the U.S. and the 33rd modern-era
Cup series season. The season began on
Saturday, Feb. 7, and ended on Sunday,
Nov. 21, 2004. Kurt Busch with Roush Racing
driving a Ford was the Nextel Cup champion.
Photo Source: 97 Ford Sharpie (tradingpaints.com)

97 in Collectibles, Coins & Postage Stamps
1997 China Panda Gold Coin,
100 yuan, 1 oz.
Obverse: Panda & Bamboo
Reverse: Temple of Heaven
Mintage: 30,457
99) 1997 Jackie Robinson Silver Dollar,
Obverse: Jackie Robinson, 1997 Date
Reverse: 50th Anniversary, One Dollar
Mintage: 140,182
Minted at: San Francisco
Designers: William Cousins & James Peed
Diameter: 38.1 mm; Weight: 26.73 grams
Composition: 99.93% Silver
100) 1897-S Morgan Silver Dollar,
Obverse: Liberty Head, 1897 Date
Reverse: Eagle Emblem, One Dollar
Mintage: 5,825,000
Minted at: San Francisco
Designer & Engraver: George T. Morgan
Diameter: 38.1 mm; Weight: 26.73 grams
Composition: 90% Silver, 10% Cooper
101) There are 100 Marvel Value Stamps
issued 1974-1976 in Marvel Comic Books
Stamp #97 Black Knight
appeared as a cover in
Marvel Super-Heroes #17
Artist: John Romita, Sr.
Comic Issues containing this stamp:
Invaders #3, November 1975, p.32.(affects story),
Master of Kung Fu #23, December 1974, p.19,
Werewolf by Night #20, August 1974, p.19
102) There are 200 cards in Wings: Friend or Foe (Topps 1952)
Card #97 is C-124 Globemaster II, Air Force Transport Plane
103) There are 160 cards in World on Wheels (Topps 1953)
Card #97 is Packard 1953 Patrician Four Door Sedan
104) There are 135 cards in Look 'n See (Topps 1952)
Card #97 is Jules Verne (Writer) (Source)
105) There are 156 cards in Scoop (Topps 1954)
Card #97 is Captain Kidd Hanged (May 24, 1701)
106) U.S. & Canada Postage Stamps with Scott Catalogue #97:
U.S. #97
12¢ Black
George Washington
Bank Note F. Grill
Issued 1868
Sold for $2000
at Robert Siegel
Auction, Lot 186
April 2015
Canada #97
1¢ Green
Quebec Tercentenary
Cartier & Champlain
Issued 1908
Selling on Ebay
for $21.08
Stamp centered
in Adobe Photoshop
107) Foreign Postage Stamps with 0.97 Euro denomination:
Note: Stamps were downloaded & resized in same proportion as originals.

Malta 1488, 0.97 Euro
European Maritime Day
Issued: May 20, 2013

Malta 1449, 0.97 Euro
Artists: Edward Lear
Issued: March 23, 2012

Malta 1429d, 0.97 Euro
Rabbitfish (Chimaera monstrosa)
Issued: April 29, 2011

Slovenia 1022, 0.97
, Huseyzade
Issued: 12-12-2013

Solvenia 1198b, 0.97 Euro
Gastronomy: Strudels
Issued: November 17, 2016

Solvenia 1198a, 0.97 Euro
Gastronomy: Fried Cheese
Issued: November 17, 2016

Slovenia 1221, 0.97 Euro
Europa: Castle
Issued: May 26,2017

Slovenia 1140,
0.97 Euro, Beaver
Issued: 9-25-2015

97 in Art, Books, Music, & Film

Woodblock Print #97 from 100 Views of Edo
"Five Pines, Onagi Canal" (1856)
by Ando Hiroshige (1797-1858), Brooklyn Museum
Hiroshige's Woodblock #97 inspired this haiku:
    Giant pine overhead
    the waters as tourists
    enjoy the autumn breeze.
The large pine tree in the foreground, its overhanging
branch carefully supported by three posts, is another
one of several famous pines depicted in this series.
The name Five Pines originated in the planting of five
separate trees at intervals along the Onagi Canal. By this
date, four had died, leaving only this one. It was a huge
old tree, growing out over the water from within walls
of an estate of the daimyo, or military lord, of Ayabe.
Literary Reference: Brooklyn Museum (brooklynmuseum.org);
Photo Source: Hiroshige Woodblock Print #97 (wikipedia.org)
109) Krishna Print 97 depicts "Krishna & Radha dancing together"
from the Krishna Darshan Art Gallery featuring 122 paintings of Lord Krishna.
110) Books with 97 in the Title

Jane Ziegelman
97 Orchard (2010)

Larry G. Aaron
Wreck of Old 97 (2010)

Rajnikant Puranik
Nehru's 97 Blunders (2016)

Shirish Padalkar
97 Things (2012)

Erika Stalder &
Steven Jenkins (2008)
Click on book cover for source of photo image
111) "Hyakunin Isshu poem 97" is a poem by Fujiwara no Sadaie (1162-1241)
(compiled by Fujiwara no Teika, 1235):
Like the salt sea-weed,
Burning in the evening calm.
On Matsuo's shore,
All my being is aflame,
Awaiting her who does not come..
112) Volume 97 of the Dictionary of Literary Biography
"German Writers from the Enlightenment to Sturm und Drang, 1720-1764"
James Hardin (Editor), Gale Research, Detroit, 1990
Authors covered in this volume were instrumental in laying
the groundwork for the late 18th-century blossoming of German
literature, philosophy and culture called Classicism. In this
period, German was finally accepted as the standard literary
language, critical journals were established and basic concepts
of democracy were widely discussed. Since there is a significant
break in the tradition of German letters just before the period
covered here, an essay entitled "German Transformation from
Baroque to the Enlightenment" is provided in the appendix.
113) Volume 97 of the Literary Criticism from 1400 to 1800
covers the following writers: Robert Dodsley,
Edward Gibbon, Rachel Speght, William Warburton
Michael L. LaBlanc (Ed.), The Gale Group, Farmington Hills, MI, 2004
114) Volume 97 of the Nineteenth-Century Literary Criticism
covers these writers: Marceline Desbordes-Valmore, Ugo Foscolo,
Elizabeth Cleghorn Gaskell, Edgar Allan Poe, Robert Southey
Juliet Byington (Ed.), The Gale Group, Farmington Hills, MI, 2001
115) Volume 97 of the Twentieth-Century Literary Criticism
covers the following writers: Hall Caine, W.C. Handy, Robert McAlmon,
Augustus Thomas, Ridgely Torrence, W.B.L. Trotter, Alfred North Whitehead.
Jennifer Baise (Ed.), The Gale Group, Farmington Hills, MI, 2000
116) Volume 97 of the Contemporary Literary Criticism
covers writers: Isabel Allende, Margaret Avison, Anita Desai, Andre Dubus,
Henry Green, John Hersey, Walter Mosley, Severo Sarduy, David Shields
Deborah A. Stanley (Editor), Gale Research, Detroit, 1997
117) Volume 97 of the Bollinger Series is St.-John Perse's Collected Poems
published by Princeton University Press (March 23, 1972).
Saint-John Perse (1887-1975) was a French poet-diplomat.
Awarded 1960 Nobel Prize in Literature "for the soaring
flight and evocative imagery of his poetry."
In his Nobel Speech (Stockholm, December 10, 1960)—
"It is up to the true poet to bear witness among us to man's double
vocation. And that means holding up to his mind a mirror more sensitive
to his spiritual possibilities. It means evoking in this our century a human
condition more worthy of original man. It means, finally, bringing the
collective soul into closer contact with the spiritual energy of the world."

(Note: In my Bollingen Series: Catalogue 1970-1971, p. 61: Misread LXXXVII (87) for LXXXXVII (97),
while writing about St.-John Perse. Keeping his important message rather than deleting this section #117.)
118) Felix Mendelssohn's Opus #97 is Charistus, fragments of an unfinished oratorio
published posthumously by his brother Paul. First performance took place in 1852
at Düsseldorf. (YouTube: Monteverdichor Würzburg, Szolnok City Symphony)
119) Johann Sebastian Bach's Cantata 97 In allen meinen Taten
(In all that I do / In all my undertakings), BWV 97 is a
church cantata by J.S. Bach. The text consists of the
unchanged words of the hymn by Paul Fleming (1642).
Bach wrote the chorale cantata in 1734, about a decade
after his annual cycle of cantatas, in the same year as
his Christmas Oratorio, one year after Kyrie and Gloria
of his later Mass in B minor. He dated the manuscript
himself, but the occasion is unspecified. (YouTube:
Helmuth Rilling
). Photo: Bach Cantata 97 (bach-cantatas.com)
120) Joseph Haydn's Symphony #97 in C Major (1795) is
the fifth of 12 London symphonies (#93-104) written
by Haydn. It was completed in 1792 as part of the set
of symphonies composed on his first trip to London.
First performed at Hanover Square Rooms in London
on 3 or 4 May 1792. First published in England, it made
its way to the continent a few years later and was used by
Friedrich Witt as a model for the Jena Symphony, long
thought to be composed by Ludwig van Beethoven.
Photo: Haydn Symphony 97 (shclassical.com)
121) Beethoven's Opus #97 is the Piano Trio in B-flat major (1811).
122) Johannes Brahms's Opus #97
is Dort in den Weiden (1863) Lyrics:
"There in the meadow stands a house,
and there a maiden looks out of the window!
She gazes upstream, she gazes downstream:
is not my heart's beloved boy there yet?
The handsomest lad on the entire Rhine
I call mine, mine!"
123) Rolling Stone Magazine's poll of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time
has named Chuck Berry's Roll Over Beethoven (1956)
as the 97th Greatest Song. (YouTube)
(#1. Bob Dylan "Like a Rolling Stone",
#2. Rolling Stones "Satisfaction",
#3. John Lennon "Imagine")
"Roll Over Beethoven" became the ultimate rock & roll
call to arms, declaring a new era: "Roll over, Beethoven/
And tell Tchaikovsky the news." Berry announced this
changing of the musical guard with a blazing guitar
riff and pounding piano from sidekick Johnnie Johnson.
Photo Source: (amazon.co.uk)
124) The Old 97's is an American alternative country band
from Dallas, Texas. Formed in 1993, they have since
released eleven studio albums, two full extended plays,
shared split duty on another, and have one live album.
Their most recent release is "Graveyard Whistling" (2017).
Recognized as pioneers of the alt-country movement
during the mid to late 1990s along with bands such as
Uncle Tupelo, Drive-By Truckers, Whiskeytown, Jayhawks,
and Bottle Rockets. Lead vocalist and primary songwriter
Rhett Miller has described the band's style as "loud folk"
Photo Source: (amazon.com)
125) "Wreck of the Old 97" is a classic Country song based on
the 1903 wreck of #97 mail train outside Danville, Virginia.
Written by guitarist Henry Whitter & fiddler G.B. Grayson
in January 1924. First recorded by Vernon Dalhart in 1924,
a record that sold a reported 7 million copies. Lyrics:
    They gave him his orders in Monroe Virginia
    Sayin' "Steve you're way behind time
    This is not 38, this is Old 97
    You must put her in Spencer on time!"

The song has been recorded by numerous artists including
Statler Brothers, Woody Guthrie, Pete Seeger, Johnny Cash,
and Hank Snow. Photo Source: (musicstack.com)
126) Ridley Scott's Blade Runner (1982) was selected
as the 97th best film in AFI's 100 Years... 100 Movies (2007).
The film is set in a dystopian future Los Angeles of 2019, in which synthetic humans
known as replicants are bio-engineered by the powerful Tyrell Corporation to work
on off-world colonies. Harrison Ford stars in the film to hunt the replicants down.
127) Grease (1978) was selected as the 97th best love stories film
in AFI's 100 Years... 100 Passions (2002).
Directed by Randal Kleiser & based on the 1971 musical,
the film starred John Travolta & Olivia Newton-John.
128) Safety Last (1923) was selected as the 97th best thriller film
in AFI's 100 Years... 100 Thrills (2001).
Directed by Fred C. Newmeyer & Sam Taylor, this silent romantic comedy stars
Harold Lloyd. It includes the most famous image with Lloyd clutching the hands
of a large clock as he dangles from outside of a skyscraper above moving traffic.
129) Bull Durham (1988) was selected as the 97th funniest film
in AFI's 100 Years... 100 Laughs (2000).
Directed by Ron Shelton, the film depicts the players and fans of the Durham Bulls,
a minor-league baseball team in Durham, NC. Starred Kevin Costner & Susan Sarandon.
130) Harry Warren's song "42nd Street" from the film 42nd Street (1933)
was selected as 97th best song in AFI 100 Years... 100 Songs (2004).
Directed by Lloyd Bacon & Busby Berkeley; Music: Harry Warren,
Lyrics: Al Dubin; Starred Ruby Keeler and Dick Powell (YouTube).

97 in the Bible
131) 97th word of the King James Version of the Bible's Old Testament Genesis = firmament
1: In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.
2: And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep.
    And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.
3: And God said, Let there be light: and there was light.
4: And God saw the light, that it was good: and God divided the light from the darkness.
5: And God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night.
    And the evening and the morning were the first day.
6: And God said, Let there be a firmament in the midst of the waters,
    and let it divide the waters from the waters.
    — Genesis I.1-6 (1611)
132) The 97th Psalm is praise to God for his righteousness & holiness:
The LORD reigns; let the earth rejoice; let the multitude of isles be glad thereof.
His lightnings enlightened the world: the earth saw, and trembled.
The hills melted like wax at the presence of the LORD,
    at the presence of the Lord of the whole earth.
The heavens declare his righteousness, and all the people see his glory.
For thou, LORD, art high above all the earth: thou art exalted far above all gods.
Light is sown for the righteous, and gladness for the upright in heart.
Rejoice in the LORD, ye righteous; and give thanks at the remembrance of his holiness.
Psalms 97.1, 4-6, 9, 11-12 (1023 BC),
133) 97th Book of Enoch: "Evils in Store for Sinners & Possessors of unrighteous Wealth":
And in those days the prayer of the righteous shall reach unto the Lord,
And for you the days of your judgement shall come.
Woe to you who acquire silver and gold in unrighteousness and say:
"We have become rich with riches and have possessions;
And have acquired everything we have desired.
Yea and like water your lies shall flow away;
For your riches shall not abide
But speedily ascend from you;
For ye have acquired it all in unrighteousness,
And ye shall be given over to a great curse.
Book of Enoch XCVII.5, 8, 10 (circa 105 B.C.-64 B.C.)
translated by R. H. Charles, S.P.C.K., London, 1917, pp. 138-139
134) 97th Saying of Gospel of Thomas:
Jesus said, "The [Father's] kingdom is like a woman who was carrying a [jar] full of meal.
While she was walking along [a] distant road, the handle of the jar broke and the meal
spilled behind her [along] the road. She didn't know it; she hadn't noticed a problem.
When she reached her house, she put the jar down and discovered that it was empty."

Gospel of Thomas 97 (114 sayings of Jesus, circa 150 A.D.)
(trans. Marvin Meyer, 1992; adapted by Elaine Pagels, Beyond Belief, p. 239)
135) In Chapter 97 of The Aquarian Gospel, Sermon on the Mount, continued. Jesus
unfolds to the 12 the spiritual aspects of the 5th and 6th Commandments.
  1. God is not force alone; for wisdom is his counterpart.
  2. When cherubim instructed man in wisdom's ways they said
      that wisdom is the Mother of the race, as force is Father of the race.
  3. The man who honours the almighty and omniscient God is blessed...
  4. Pay homage to your Father and Mother of the race, that your days
      may be prolonged upon the land that they have given you.
11. It is not well to let the sun go down upon your wrath.
20. Refuse not him who calls for help and give to him who asks to borrow aught.
25. Be merciful unto your foes; bless those who slander you; do good to those
      who do you harm and pray for those who trample on your rights.
26. Remember, you are children of the God who makes his sun to rise alike upon
      the evil and the good, who sends his rain upon the unjust and the just.
28. But you, as children of the light, must lead the way.
29. Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.
32. Be perfect as your Father-God in heaven is.

The Aquarian Gospel of Jesus the Christ, Chapter 97
Transcribed from the Akashic Records by Levi H. Dowling
DeVorss & Co., Santa Monica, CA, 1908, Reset 1964, pp. 142-143
136) Chapter 97 of Pistis Sophia (circa 150 A.D.):
When then the Saviour had said this, Mary Magdalene started forward and said:
"My Lord, bear with me and be not wroth with me, if I question on all things
with precision and certainty. Now, therefore, my Lord, is then another the word
of the mystery of the Ineffable and another the word of the whole gnosis?"
The Saviour answered and said: "Yea, another is the mystery of the Ineffable
and another the word of the whole gnosis. Surely; for every one who shall receive
a mystery of the Light-kingdom, will go and inherit up to the region up to which
he hath received mysteries. But he will not know the gnosis of the universe,
wherefor all this hath arisen, unless he knoweth the one and only word of the
Ineffable, which is the gnosis of the universe. And again in openness: I am
the gnosis of the universe. And moreover it is impossible to know the one and
only word of the gnosis, unless a man first receive the mystery of the Ineffable.
But all the men who shall receive mysteries in the Light,— every one will go
and inherit up to the region up to which he hath received mysteries."
Pistis Sophia, Chapter 97
(Translated by Violet MacDermott, Edited by Carl Schmidt,
Nag Hammadi Studies, IX: Pistis Sophia, E. J. Brill, Leiden, 1978, pp. 233-236

97 in Philosophy & Religion
137) Hymn 97 in Book 7 of the Rig Veda is a song of praise
to Brihaspati, a sage who counsels the gods:
1. Where Heaven and Earth combine in men's assembly, and those who love the Gods delight in worship,
    Where the libations are effused for Indra, may he come first to drink and make him stronger.
2. We crave the heavenly grace of Gods to guard us— so may Brihaspati, O friends, exalt us—
    That he, the Bounteous God, may find us sinless, who gives from a distance like a father.
3. That Brahmanaspati, most High and Gracious, I glorify with offerings and with homage.
    May the great song of praise divine, reach Indra who is King of prayer the Gods' creation.
7. For he is pure, with hundred wings, refulgent, with sword of gold, impetuous, winning sunlight.
    Sublime Brihaspati, easy of access grants his friends most bountiful refreshment.
8. Both Heaven and Earth, divine, the Deity's Parents, have made Brihaspati increase in grandeur.
    Glorify him, O friends, who merits glory: may he give prayer fair way and easy passage.

Rig Veda, Book 7, 97.1-3, 7-8 (circa 1500 B.C.)
138) Thetis answered Iris in Line 97 from Book 24 of Homer's Iliad
Iris, whose feet are like wind, stood near her:
"Rise, Thetis. Zeus in his wisdom commands you."
And the silver-footed goddess answered her:
"Why would the great god want me? I am ashamed
To mingle with the immortals, distraught as I am.
But I will go, and he will not speak in vain."

Homer, The Iliad, XXIV.95-100 (circa 800 BC)
(translated by Stanley Lombardo)
Hackett Publishing Co., Indianapolis, IN, 1997, p. 470
139) Nausicaa & friends dined on the river banks
in Line 97 from Book 6 of Homer's Odyssey
The ocean washed pebbles up along the shore.
They bathed and anointed themselves richly with olive oil.
Then they had their dinner along the banks of the river
and waited for the clothes to dry in the gleam of the sun.

Homer, The Odyssey, VI.95-98 (circa 800 BC)
(translated by Albert Cook)
Norton & Co., New York, 1967, p. 81
140) Section 97 of Plato's Phaedo— Socrates on nature of mind
Anaxagoras asserted that it is mind that
produces order and is the cause of everything.
This explanation pleased me.

Plato (428-348 BC), Phaedo 97c (360 BC)
(trans. Hugh Tredennick), Edited by Edith Hamilton & Huntington Cairns,
Plato: The Collected Dialogues, Bollingen Series LXXI,
Princeton University Press, 1961, p. 79
141) Section 97 of Plato's Meno— True opinion versus knowledge
Socrates: Therefore true opinion is as good a guide as knowledge
for the purpose of acting rightly. That is what we left ou just now
in our discussion of the nature of virtue, when we said that knowledge
is the only guide to right action. There was also, it seems, true opinion.
Meno: Except thaat the man with knowledge will always be successful,
and the man with right opinion only sometimes.

Plato (428-348 BC), Meno 97bc (360 BC)
(trans. W.K.C. Guthrie), Edited by Edith Hamilton & Huntington Cairns,
Plato: The Collected Dialogues, Bollingen Series LXXI,
Princeton University Press, 1961, p. 381
142) Verse 97 of Buddha's Dhammapada: Canto VII— The Holy One
He who is not credulous, who knows the nature of the Uncreated,
who has severed all the bonds (of rebirth), who has destroyed
all the influxes of evil and given up all cravings, he, indeed,
is noblest among men.

Buddha, Dhammapada Verse 97 (240 B.C.)
(translated by Sangharakshita, Dhammapada: The Way of Truth, 2001, p. 40)
143) 97th Verse in Chapter 18 of Ashtavakra Gita
(Sage Ashtavakra's dialogue with King Janaka):
The Blessed-one is not distracted even in distraction.
He is not in meditation even in Samadhi.
He is not dull even in a state of dullness.
And he is not learned, even though possessed of learning.

Ashtavakra Gita Chapter 18, Verse 97 (circa 400 B.C.)
translated by Swami Chinmayanda, Ashtavakra Gita,
Chinmaya Publications Trust, Madras, India, 1972, p. 379
(Chinmayanada's Commentary: All Masters have to employ "language of
contradictions" when explaining the inexplicable! This can read as confusion,
only to those who are trying to understand it with their intellect. All confusions
will end when the seeker transcends his body-consciousness. Experience alone
can reveal the Truth. the seeker must earn his own direct-experience.)
144) Aphroism 97 of Patanjali's Yoga Sutra:
Posture is steadily easy.
Vyasa Commentary: The restraints and observances have
been described with attainments. Of these, posture (asana) is
steadily easy. Steadiness means absence if motion. Easiness
must not cause trouble. Posture is the way one sits.

Patanjali (circa 200 B.C.), Yoga Sutra II.46: Aphroism 97 (circa 200 B.C.)
translated by Rama Prasada, Munshiram Manoharlal Publishers, New Delhi, 1995, pp. 169-170.
145) 97th Trigraph of the Ling Ch'i Ching: Slight Loss
The image of seeking security
Two yang separated from each other
Ch'ien (Heaven) * Northwest

Climbing a tree to pick mulberry leaves, he falls to the ground
and lies prostrate. Among neighbors to the east there is an herbalist.
He goes in that direction to ask about a prescription and thus
encounters an excellent physician. He manages to avoid injury.

Wanting to walk along a peaceful road, one yet encounters difficulty.
Seeking fame and profit is not as good as idleness.
Amid melancholy, you will fortunately benefit from the skills of an excellent physician,
And remain in this world for your twilight years.

Tung-fang Shuo,
Ling Ch'i Ching (circa 222-419)
(trans. Ralph D. Sawyer & Mei-Chün Lee Sawyer, 1995, p. 97)

146) In Chapter 2, Verse 97 of the Lankavatara Sutra,
Mahamati the Bodhisatva-Mahasattva praised Buddha & asked 108 questions:
You ask me such and many other questions, which are in accordance
with the marks [of Truth?] and free from erroneous views.
The Lankavatara Sutra (before 443 AD)
(translated from the Sanskrit by D. T. Suzuki, 1932, p. 31)
147) In Chapter 3, Verse 97 of the Lankavatara Sutra,
Buddha tells Mahamati the Bodhisatva-Mahasattva about various forms of the will-body:
The getting-rid of [the idea that] things are caused,
the removal of [the dualism of] imagined and imagining,
the being liberated from the alternatives of being and
non-being— this I state to be no-birth.

The Lankavatara Sutra (before 443 AD)
(translated from the Sanskrit by D. T. Suzuki, 1932, p. 174)
148) 97th Verse of Sagathakam: Lankavatara Sutra:
As memory [or habit-energy, vasana] grows in various forms,
the Mind is evolved like the waves; when memory is cut off,
there is no evolving of Mind.
The Lankavatara Sutra (before 443 AD)
(translated from the Sanskrit by D. T. Suzuki, 1932, p. 234)
149) In the 99 Names of Allah, the 97th Name is Al-Waarith:
The Supreme Inheritor, The Heir, The One whose Existence remains.
150) Chapter 97 of Mohammed's Holy Koran is titled "The Grandeur"
In the name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful.
1. Surely We revealed it on the grand night.
2. And what will make you comprehend what the grand night
3. The grand night is better than a thousand months.
4. The angels and Gibreal descend in it by the permission of their Lord for every affair,
5. Peace! it is till the break of the morning.

— Mohammed, Holy Koran Chapter 97 (7th century AD)
(translated by M. H. Shakir, Holy Koran, 1983)
151) Text 97 of On Prayer: 153 Texts
of Evagrios the Solitary (345-399 AD)
He who practices pure prayer will hear the demons crashing and banging,
shouting and cursing; yet he will not be overwhelmed or go out of his mind.
But he will say to God: 'I fear no evil, for Thou art with me' (Psalms 23.4),
and other words of this kind.

The Philokalia (4th-15th century AD),
translated by F.E.H. Palmer, Philip Sherrard, & Kallistos Ware,
Faber & Faber, London, 1979, p. 66)
152) Text 97 of On Those who Think that They are Made Righteous by Works: 226 Texts
of Saint Mark the Ascetic (early 5th century AD)
Undistracted prayer is a sign of love for God; but careless
or distracted prayer is a sign of love for pleasure.

The Philokalia (4th-15th century AD),
translated by F.E.H. Palmer, Philip Sherrard, & Kallistos Ware,
Faber & Faber, London, 1979, p. 133)
153) Text 97 of On Watchfulness and Holiness
of Saint Hesychios the Priest (circa 7th century AD)
A certain God-given equilibrium is produced in our intellect through the constant
remembrance and invocation of our Lord Jesus Christ,
provided that we do not neglect this constant spiritual entreaty
or our close watchfulness and diligence. Indeed, our true task is
always the same and is always accomplished in the same way:
to call upon our Lord with a burning heart so that His holy name
intercedes for us. In virtue as in vice, constancy is the mother of habit;
once acquired, it rules us like nature. When the intellect is in such a
state of equilibrium, it searches out its enemies like a hound searching
for a hare in a thicket. But the hound searches in order to get food,
the intellect in order to destroy.
The Philokalia (4th-15th century AD),
translated by F.E.H. Palmer, Philip Sherrard, & Kallistos Ware,
Faber & Faber, London, 1979, p. 178)
154) Text 97 of On Spiritual Knowledge and Discrimination: 100 Texts
of Saint Diadochos of Photiki (400-486 AD)
When the heart feels the arrows of the demons with such burning pain
that the man under attack suffers as if they were real arrows, then the soul
hates the passions violently, for it is just beginning to be purified. If it does
not suffer greatly at the shamelessness of sin, it will not be able to rejoice
fully in the blessings of righteousness. He who wishes to cleanse his heart
should keep it continually aflame through practicing the remembrance of the
Lord Jesus, making this his only study and his ceaseless task. Those who
desire to free themselves from their corruption ought to pray not merely from
time to time but at all times; they should give themselves always to prayer,
keeping watch over their intellect even when outside places of prayer.
When someone is trying to purify gold, and allows the fire of the furnace
to die down even for a moment, the material which he is purifying will
harden again. So, too, a man who merely practices the remembrance of God
from time to time, loses through lack of continuity what he hopes to gain
through his prayer. It is a mark of one who truly loves holiness that he
continually burns up what is worldly in his heart through practicing the
remembrance of God, so that little by little evil is consumed in the fire of
this rembrance and his soul completely recovers its natural brilliance with
still greater glory.

The Philokalia (4th-15th century AD),
translated by F.E.H. Palmer, Philip Sherrard, & Kallistos Ware,
Faber & Faber, London, 1979, pp. 293-294) Full Text; Google Text
155) Text 97 of For the Encouragement of the Monks in India who had Written to Him: 100 Texts
of Saint John of Karpathos (circa 680 AD)
When recalling your sins, do not hestitate to beat your breast.
With these blows you will dig into your hardened heart and discover
within it the gold-mine of the publican (cf. Luke 18.13
); and this hidden
wealth will bring you great joy.
The Philokalia (4th-15th century AD),
translated by F.E.H. Palmer, Philip Sherrard, & Kallistos Ware,
Faber & Faber, London, 1979, p. 321)
156) Text 97 of On the Character of Men: 170 Texts
of Saint Anthony of Egypt (251-356 AD)
The greatest sickness of the soul, its ruin and perdition, is not to know God,
who created all things for man and gave hime the gifts of intellect and intelligence.
Winged through these gifts, man is linked to God, knowing Him and praising Him.

The Philokalia (4th-15th century AD),
translated by F.E.H. Palmer, Philip Sherrard, & Kallistos Ware,
Faber & Faber, London, 1979, p. 344)
157) Verse 97 of Chapter 5 in Santideva's Bodhicaryavatara:
The rule of conduct taught by the Bodhisattvas is immeasurable;
but one should always practice that conduct which leads to
the purification of the mind.

Santideva's Bodhicaryavatara: Entering the Path of Enlightenment
V.97 (Guarding of Total Awareness: Samprajanyaraksana) (circa 700 AD)
(translated by Marion L. Matics, Macmillan, London, 1970, p. 171)
158) Verse 97 of Chapter 6 in Santideva's Bodhicaryavatara:
Pleasure arises within me because of the thought, "I am praised by him":
because of that which is unrelated! Such is only the behavior of a child.

Santideva's Bodhicaryavatara: Entering the Path of Enlightenment
VIII.97 (Perfection of Patience: Ksanti-paramita) (circa 700 AD)
(translated by Marion L. Matics, Macmillan, London, 1970, p. 181)
159) Verse 97 of Chapter 8 in Santideva's Bodhicaryavatara:
Because I am not oppressed by reason of his sorrow, is he not to be protected?
Am I not to protect myself from injury which will come from sorrow of future bodies?

Santideva's Bodhicaryavatara: Entering the Path of Enlightenment
VIII.97 (Perfection of Contemplation: Dhyana-paramita) (circa 700 AD)
(translated by Marion L. Matics, Macmillan, London, 1970, p. 202)
160) Verse 97 of Chapter 9 in Santideva's Bodhicaryavatara:
Contact cannot be made without consciousness, which is formless, nor with
an aggregate [of parts], because of its unreality, as previously demonstrated.

Santideva's Bodhicaryavatara: Entering the Path of Enlightenment
IX.97 (Perfection of Wisdom: Prajna-paramita) (circa 700 AD)
(translated by Marion L. Matics, Macmillan, London, 1970, p. 220)
161) Section 97 of Recorded Sayings of Zen Master Joshu:
Joshu preached to the people. He said: "It is said that 'When the mind is born,
the various things are born; when the mind dies, the various things die.'
How do you understand this?"
A monk asked, "When not born and not dead— how about that?"
Joshu said: "I let you go with this question."
Note: Joshu's quote is taken from Daijokishinron, a Chinese scripture
that tends to be idealistic. The monk presents the view of Mahayamika school, which
that the substance of the world is "emptiness" or "void", not "mind". Joshu ironically
suggests that as far as philosophy is concerned, the monk's statement may be perfect,
yet there must be a limit to nonsense.
— Joshu (aka Chao-Chou) (778-897)
Radical Zen: The Sayings of Joshu, translated with commentary
by Yoel Hoffman, Autumn Press, Brookline, MA, 1978, p. 47.
162) Section 97 of Every End Exposed: 100 Koans of Master Kido
is titled "Secret Language"
Minister Seishosho brought his contribution to Master Ungo and asked, "Buddha
has his secret language, while Kasho [Buddha's disciple] never hides anything.
What does that mean?" Ungo then called Seishosho, who answered, "Yes".
Ungo said, "Do you understand?" Seishosho said, "No, I do not." Ungo said,
"If you do not understand, it shows that Buddha has his secret language.
If you do understand, that means Kasho never hides anything."
Master Kido: Where the minister does not understand, say
“I understand all right. If I did not, I would not answer, 'Yes'”
Master Hakuin: Very bright. Dazzling white.
Plain Saying: If there were no believers, it would be too bad.
Note: Buddha's language is "secret" only for those who do not understand
that "nothing is hidden". By calling "Seishosho", Ungo tries to expose
Seishosho to himself. Kido suggests that in answering "Yes", Seishosho
does understand that "nothing is hidden". Hakuin's substitute phrase
suggests that where Ungo calls "Seishosho", every end is exposed;
whereas the plain saying seems to imply that each person has to
answer the problem of the koan by and for himself.
— Master Kido (1189-1269)
Every End Exposed: 100 Koans of Master Kido, translated with commentary
by Yoel Hoffman, Autumn Press, Brookline, MA, 1977, p. 122.
163) Case 97 of Hekiganroku: Diamond Sutra's "The Transgression is Wiped Out"
Main Subject: The Diamond Sutra says, "If anyone is despised by others,
even if he has committed some serious transgression in a former life and
been doomed to fall into the evil world, the transgression in the former life,
is wholly wiped out by virtue of the fact that he is despiesed in this life."

Setcho's Verse:
Holding the jewel,
Merit is rewarded.
Free from merit,
The jewel reflects no more.
Truly meritless,
The heaven seek in vain.
Gautama, Gautama,
Do you know the secret?
"Everything lies open,"
Says Setcho again.

Setcho (980-1052), Hekiganroku, 97 (Blue Cliff Records)
(translated by Katsuki Sekida, Two Zen Classics, 1977, p. 394)
164) Brother Gahmuret Agevin in the 97th Line of Eschenbach's Parzival:
'You know how to ask in moderation! I shall grant you this and more besides.
Why do you not call my brother Gahmuret Angevin?
Anjou is my country. Let us both take our names from it.'

— Wolfram von Eschenbach (1165-1217) Parzival (1195)
Book VI "Parzival at King Arthur's Court" Lines 96-98
(translated by Cyril Edwards, Oxford University Press, 2006, p. 5)
(translated by Jessie Laidlay Weston, 1894, Reprint 1912)
165) Section 97 in Chapter II:
"The Essentials of Learning"
of Chu Hsi's Chin-ssu lu (1175):
We can understand the Way if we seek it with a mind
that is open, free, in good spirits, and impartial.
Furthermore, moral nature itself is extensive & great.
The Book of Changes says, "Understand spirit to the highest
degree and know the proceass of transformation. That is
eminent virtue." Can one achieve the Way with a shallow mind?
Chu Hsi (1130-1200), Reflections on Things at Hand (Chin-ssu lu)
translated by Wing-Tsit Chan, Columbia University Press, NY, 1967, p. 84
Letter 97 (De anima: On the Soul) of Letters of Marsilio Ficino:
Marsilio Ficino to Lorenzo de' Medici: greetings.
Long ago, Lorenzo, I heard that men of evil conduct were utterly distasteful to you,
& recently I have heard that good men approve of you precisely because you disapprove
of evil men. For the one I thoroughly commend you, and for the other I heartily
congratulate you... How else can one become a good man except by resolutely
seeking the company of a mind that is good and shunning one that is evil?...
excellent Lorenzo, do you wish to look more closely with me into the mind that has
been enlightened? I believe you do desire this very strongly, and I, wish to show it
to you... The ignorant mind is like the moon in eclipse, deprived of the sun's splendor,
wheras the mind that has knowledge of reality and the full power of speech may be
compared to the full moon shining in the light of the sun... So press on, my Lorenzo,
press on, I beg you. Flee, as you once began to, flee from that loathsome shadow,
from that miserable image of the impure and ignorant mind. Bestir yourself, and
every day with all your strength pursue more and more closely as you do, the form
of the good and wise soul, full of light and bliss. Just as nature endowed you at
birth and fortune enriched you thereafter, may you by your own efforts enrich
yourself in the same measure, so that you may not consider yourself lacking in
anything; for nature as well as fortune has provided you with everything else that
you could wish for. All your possessions— your lands, houses, furnishings, clothes,
and even the limbs of your body— shine around you, each of them, like stars.
May you also shine out like the Sun itself among those stars, with your soul
resplendent in the radiance of your actions and your writings.
Marsilio Ficino (1433-1499), Letter to Lorenzo de' Medici
Meditations on the Soul: Selected Letters of Marsilio Ficino,
Inner Traditions, Rochester, VT, 1996, pp. 203-205

Marsilio Ficino
Section 97 of Wang Yang Ming's Instructions for Practical Living:
The Teacher asked friends who were present about their recent progress in learning.
One friend mentioned the idea of the mind's being clear, calm and free from material
desires. The Teacher said, "This refers to the condition of learning."
    Another friend spoke about the similarity and difference of past and present
efforts in learning. The Teacher said, "This refers to the effect of learning."
The two friends did not know what to say and asked for explanation.
    The Teacher said, “Our effort today consists in being genuine and concrete in our
determination to do good. If our determination is genuine and concrete, we will immediately
advance to do good whenever we see it and immediately correct ourseves whenever we make a
mistake. Only in this way do we have genuine and concrete effort. Then selfish human desires
will gradually decrease and the Principle of Naure will be increasingly understood. If we
merely go after the condition or the effect of learning, we are not making a real effort but
are committing the error of forcing the growth of the mind & pursuing external things.”
Wang Yang Ming (1472-1529),
Instructions for Practical Living or Ch'uan-hsi lu (1518), I.97
(translated by Wing-tsit Chan, Columbia University Press, NY, 1963, p. 59)

Wang Yang Ming
Harvard Fogg Museum
168) 97th Verse of Angelus SilesiusThe Cherubinic Wanderer (1657):
Mit Gott vereinigt seyn / ist gut für Ewge Pein.

Wer Gott vereinigt ist
den kan Er nicht verdammen:
Er stürtze sich dann selbst
mit jhm in Tod und Flammen.
The Transformation

Body must into Spirit pass,
And Spirit into Deity,
If thou wouldst have thy dearest wish
And know the perfect ecstasy.
Angelus Silesius (1624-1677), The Cherubinic Wanderer I.97
translated by Maria M. Böm, Angelus Silesius' Cherubinischer Wandersmann
Peter Lang, New York, 1997, p. 87) (German version)
Page 97 of The Book of Angelus Silesius (1976):
We keep so busy talking,
we are so keen to act
that we forget
that in the heart
lies all we need
untapped, intact.
Angelus Silesius (1624-1677),
The Book of Angelus Silesius,
(translated from German by Frederick Franck,
Vintage Books, New York, 1976, p. 97)

Angelus Silesius
aka Johannes Scheffler
170) Section 97 of Swedenborg's Worlds in Space (1758):
On the World or Planet of Saturn, and its Spirits and Inhabitants—
The spirits from that world are to be seen in front at a considerable distance,
lower down on a level with the knees; and this is where that world too appears.
When the gaze is turned in that direction, a great number of spirits, all from
that world, comes into view. They are to be seen on this side of that world,
and to the rigt of it. I was allowed to talk with them too, and so to discover
what they are like as compared with others. They ar upright and restrained; and
because they have a low opinion of themselves, they also appear small in the next life.
Emanuel Swedenborg (1688-1772), The Worlds in Space, 97
(translated from Latin by John Chadwick, Swedenborg Society, London, 1997, p. 73)
171) Chapter 97 of Wei Wu Wei's The Tenth Man (1966)
is titled "The Bubble of Bondage":
Observe each of your performances from waking to sleeping, and from sleeping to waking:
is not your every action a reaction? Are you ever not-conforming to conditioning, to
precedent causes, called 'habits', fashion, or anything else?
    Have you ever been free?
    So how could you be bound?
Examine what you regard as your self; can you locate
any entity anywhere that could be subject to bondage?
    Have you ever been bound?
    So how could you be free?
Does this way of seeing liberate from bondage to the notion of being bound?
Note: There cannot be any such condition as 'bondage' without a corresponding
condition of 'freedom', nor one of 'freedom' without 'bondage'.

    Freedom is not freedom from any thing.
    Bondage is not bondage to any thing.
It is not even a question as to whether there is or is not
any thing to be bound or to be free.
The truth about problems is not whether some thing is or is not so.
The truth about questions is not whether this or that is right or wrong.
    There are no questions.
    There are no problems.
    There is no freedom or bondage.
Such is noumenal understanding— for there is no Time.
Wei Wu Wei (1895-1986), The Tenth Man (1966), p. 211 (Archives)
172) Chapter 97 of Wei Wu Wei's Ask the Awakened (1963)
is titled "The Way of the Water":
Of all that has to be 'laid down'— conditioning, knowledge, religion, science,
'self', perhaps the most important is the idea that one lives his own life. To lay
down the rest and go on thinking that one lives instead of being lived, would
be an idle gesture. We do not 'choose' to be born, to grow old, to be well or ill,
or to die: why on Earth should we imagine that we can choose anything in
between, i.e. how we live, let alone everything? We are free to understand,
which means free to know ourselves as 'vertical' mind— that is our one and
only freedom, as I have often pointed out. If 'we' can 'lay down' our fatuous and
arrogant notion that we 'live our own lives' instead of being lived integrally from
birth to death, then 'we' shall have laid down everything, not in detail but en bloc.
'Horizontally' we have no freedom whatsoever—
'vertically' there is neither freedom nor non-freedom. That is the answer.
Wei Wu Wei (1895-1986), Ask the Awakened (1963), p. 229
    (Archives, "How Open Secret led me to Wei Wu Wei")

        Paul Brunton

Notebooks of Paul Brunton
Volume XVI, Paras #97
from various chapters
Volume 16:
Enlightened Mind,
Divine Mind

Larson Publications
Burdett, NY, 1988,
Part 1:
pp. 16, 44-45, 91,
162, 202;
Part 2:
pp. 14, 50, 70
Part 3:
(no para #97)
Part 4:
pp. 14, 37

Poem: "What a Soap
Box Taught Me
About Sage & Sin"

before my first
meeting with PB
in Montreux
Visit with PB
at his home,
Corseaux sur Vevey
in September 1979
Para #97 from Volume 16, Part 1
of Paul Brunton's Enlightened Mind, Divine Mind
Notebooks: "World-Mind in Individual Mind—
    Man is but a small token of the greater Mind which spawned him.
He is but the merest hint of That which is behind him in the present,
was in the past, and shall be in the future.
    There are varying degrees of spiritual illumination, which accounts both for
the varying outlooks to be found among mystics and for the different kinds of Glimpse
among aspirants. All illuminations and all Glimpses free the man from his negative
qualities and base nature, but in the latter case only temporarily. He is able, as a result,
to see into his higher nature. In the first degree, it is as if a window covered with dirt
were cleaned enough to reveal a beautiful garden outside it. He is still subject to the
activity of thinking, the emotion of joy, and the discrimination between X and Y.
In the next and higher degree, it is as if the window were still more cleaned so that
still more beauty is revealed beyond it. Here there are no thoughts to intervene between
the seer & the seen. In the third degree, the discrimination is no longer present. In the
fourth degree, it is as if the window were thoroughly cleaned. Here there is no longer
even a rapturous emotion but only a balanced happiness, a steady tranquillity which,
being beyond the intellect, cannot properly be described by the intellect."
    The saints and mystics serve a high purpose in reminding humanity of that
diviner life which must one day flower in human evolution, but they do not
serve as perfect exemplars of its final growth. The sages alone can do that.
    He announces his revelation to his contemporaries in the mode that is his
and theirs. In a scientific age he will present facts and reason logically.
    Such is the World-Mind's grace that it inspires men of the most different types
to arise and help their fellows, men as widely apart as General Booth, who founded
the Salvation Army, and Lord Haldane, who sought to translate his philosophical
vision into unselfish public service. (5.97)
Para #97 from Volume 16, Part 2 of Paul Brunton's Notebooks: "World-Idea"—
    The World-Mind's World-Idea unfolds with absolute regularity & perfect sequence. (1.97)
    Worlds come into being, are maintained for a long or short while, change, and
dissolve. As we can readily see by observation & experience, this is not less the situation
for the creatures--including human creatures--who inhabit these worlds. Yet most people
are too unprepared, too weak and too shallow, to be willing to take in these truths.
    There is order in the starry systems, on the planets, and on this earth, because
the World-Idea provides law and pattern. What is true of the universe is true
also of man, of his body and his inner being.
Para #97 from Volume 16, Part 4 of Paul Brunton's Notebooks: "The Alone"—
    You can compare one being or one thing with another but not This, not This! (1.97)
    Neither the senses nor the intellect can tell us anything about the intrinsic
nature of this Infinite Mind. Nevertheless we are not left in total ignorance about it.
From its manifestation, the cosmos, we may catch a hint of its Intelligence. From its
emanation, the soul, we may catch more than a hint of its Beneficence. "More than,"
I say, because the emanation may be felt within us as our very being whereas the
manifestation is outside us and is apart.
174) "Awakening Willpower" is Lesson 97
of Subramuniyaswami's Merging with Siva (1999):
Chapter 14: Life, the Great Experience—
• To know yourself is why you are on Earth. You were born to realize the Self.
You are not here to make money, to clothe yourself or to entertain yourself.
These are incidentals. You are here on this planet to realize the Self God,
and the only way to experience Self Realization is to awaken within you a dynamic,
indomitable, actinic will. To do this, the steps are: first, find out what and where
the willpower is. Everyone has it. Willpower is that quietness within, that serenity
that is likened to a light so bright that you cannot see it with the physical eyes.
Second, learn to use this actinic will. Begin with little things that you do.
Become satisfied with everything that you do. To you, it must be a work of art,
even if it is just drying a dish, cleaning a floor or painting a picture. Your work
must satisfy you, and if it does not satisfy the inner you one hundred percent,
you must use your indomitable willpower and keep striving until it does.
• You must become a perfectionist unto yourself, but first decide what
your standard for perfection is. You must control the quality of your work.
Take on no responsibility that you cannot handle. By doing this, you will find
that you have much more control over the physical body and emotions than you ever
thought possible. You will begin to demonstrate to yourself your powers of control
over material creations, the physical body and the emotions of the instinctive
area of the mind. Demonstration comes as you use your indomitable willpower.

Satguru Sivaya Subramuniyaswami (1927-2001)
Merging with Siva: Hinduism's Contemporary Metaphysics
Himalayan Academy, Kapaa, Hawaii, 1999, pp. 200-202
175) Chapter 97 of Zen Master Seung Sahn's
Dropping Ashes on the Buddha
is titled "Un-Mun's Short-Answer Zen":
One day a student asked Zen Master Un-Mun, "What is it
that passes over Buddha and all the eminent teachers?"
    Un-mun answered, "Cake".
Another asked, "If you are not thinking, are there any mistakes?"
    Un-mun answered, "Sumi Mountain".
Someone asked him, "What is my original face?"
    Un-mun answered, "Sightseeing among mountains and rivers.".
This was the way Un-mun taught Zen, always giving short
answers to his students' questions. Often he would
use only one word to point to the studen't mind.
Another student asked, "Of the three bodies— form body, consciousness body,
and Dharma body— which one speaks the truth?"
    Un-mun said, "Primary".
Thus Un-Mun, with his short answers, opened many minds.
Seung Sahn (1927-2004), Dropping Ashes on the Buddha:
The Teaching of Zen Master Seung Sahn
Edited by Stephen Mitchell, Grove Press, New York, 1976, pp. 222-223
176) Koan 97 of Zen Master Seung Sahn—"Tea Cup"
One day Man Gong Sunim was drinking tea with Zen Master Su Wol.
In the middle of their conversation, Sul Wol picked up a tea cup
and said, "Don't say this is a tea cup. Don't say this is not
a tea cup. What can you say?" Man Gong answered
correctly, so Su Wol was very happy.
  1. If you were there, what could you answer?
A monk likes noodles and cake.
Laypeople likes beautiful clothes and shoes.
Seung Sahn (1927-2004),
The Whole World Is A Single Flower
365 Kong-ans for Everyday Life
Tuttle, Boston, 1992, p. 66
177) Page 97 of Swami Chinmayanananda's
"Say Cheese!"
is titled "Lateral Inversion":
The reflection of a realized master is no bondage to him.
On the other hand, an ignorant man, like a bird, gets identified to its
own reflection and remains glued to it, and is caught by the bird catcher.
The world is only a reflection of Brahmin having no reality apart from it.
The reflection in the mirror looks exactly like the object reflected
    but there is a lateral inversion of the object
    i.e., the right side looks like the left side.
Consciousness is all bliss, the world is all pain.
Brahmin is perfect, the world is extremely imperfect.
Swami Chinmayanananda (1916-1993), "Say Cheese!",
Central Chinmaya Mission Trust, Mumbai, 2004, p. 97

97 in Poetry & Literature
178) Han-shan's Poem 97 of Collected Songs of Cold Mountain:
Steam some sand for your dinner
when you're thirsty dig a well
polish a brick with all your might
you still won't make a mirror
the Buddha said we're basically equal
we share the same true nature
figure it out for yourself
give up this useless struggle
Han-shan (fl. 627-649), Collected Songs of Cold Mountain,
Poem 97 (translated by Red Pine, 1990)
( Robert G. Henricks translation, 1990; Burton Watson translation, 1962)
179) Poem 97 of Su Tung-p'o (1036-1101)
is titled "Drinking Wine" (1092):
I dreamed I was back in primary school,
my hair tied in two knots like a boy
(I'd forgotten that now it's gray),
and I was reciting the Analects.
The world at best is a children's game;
like my dream— upside-down.
Only in wine is man himself,
his mind a cave empty of doubt.
He can fall from a carriage and never get hurt—
Chuang Tzu told us no lies.
I call my son to fetch paper and brush
and take down drunken thoughts as they come.

translated by Burton Watson,
Selected Poems of Su Tung-p'o,
Copper Canyon Press, 1994, pp. 122-123)

Su Tung-p'o
180) Verse 97 of Rubáiyát, of Omar Khayyam (1048-1122):
Would but the Desert of the Fountain yield
One glimpse— if dimly, yet indeed, reveal'd,
To which the fainting Traveller might spring,
As springs the trampled herbage of the field!
(translated by Edward Fitzgerald, London, 1st Ed. 1859, 2nd Ed. 1868)
181) Verse 97 of Rumi Daylight:
The Prophet said that God said,
"I am not contained in the container of high and low.
I am not contained in the earth nor in all the heavens.
But I am contained in the heart of My faithful servant.
How wonderful! If you seek Me, seek Me there."

Jelaluddin Rumi (1207-1273), Mathnawi, I.2653-5
Rumi Daylight (A Daybook of Spiritual Guidance), Verse 97
(Edited by Camille & Kabir Helminski, 1994, p. 64)


Dante Alighieri
The 97th Canto of Dante's Commedia is Canto 30 of Paradiso
where Dante ascends to the 10th Heaven, the Empyrean.
His eyes turn to Beatrice and her sweet smile
admiring her beauty when he first saw her.
ché, come sole in viso che più trema,
così lo rimembrar del dolce riso
la mente mia da me medesmo scema.
Dal primo giorno ch'i' vidi il suo viso
in questa vita, infino a questa vista,
non m'è il seguire al mio cantar preciso;
for like the sun that strikes the frailest eyes,
so does the memory of her sweet smile
deprive me of the use of my own mind.
From that first day when, in this life, I saw
her face, until I had this vision, no
thing ever cut the sequence of my song,
Paradiso XXX.25-30 ( Allen Mandelbaum translation, 1984)
183) Dante in great wonder as he defies gravity
ascending upward in space in the 97th line of Paradiso:
S'io fui del primo dubbio disvestito
per le sorrise parolette brevi,
dentro ad un nuovo più fu' inretito,
e dissi: "Già contento requievi
While I was freed from my first doubt by these
brief words she smiled to me, I was yet caught
in new perplexity. I said: "I was
content already; after such great wonder,
Paradiso I.94-97 ( Allen Mandelbaum translation, 1984, p. 7)
184) Verse 97 of The Gift: Poems by Hafiz:
This Talking Rag
It was all so clear this morning.
My mind and heart had never felt more convinced:
There is only God, A Great Wild God.
But somehow I got yanked from
that annihilating Realization
And can now appear again
as this wine-stained
Talking Rag.

Hafiz (1320-1389), The Gift: Poems by Hafiz, Verse 97
translated from the Persian by Daniel Ladinsky,
Penguin Compass, Middlesex, UK. 1999, p. 144
185) Line 97 from the Pearl Poet's Pearl: "The wood where fortune smiled on me"
So al was dubbet on dere asyse
That fryth ther fortwne forth me feres.
The derthe therof for to devyse
Nis no wyy worthé that tonge beres.
The splendour bright of that display,
The wood where fortune smiled on me,
The glory thereof to portray
No man could render worthily.
Pearl (c. 1370-1400) Lines 96-99
(Edited by J.J. Anderson, Everyman, London, 1996, p. 5)
(This Pearl translation: by Bill Stanton, another by Vernon Eller)
Line 97 from the Pearl Poet's Sir Gawain and the Green Knight:
Adventures of a true knight:
of princes, of feats of arms, of other adventures,
or else until some man had asked him for a true knight
to join with him in jousting, to place themselves in jeopardy,
stake life against life, each to allow the other
to have the better as fortune favoured them.
Sir Gawain and the Green Knight (c. 1375-1400) Lines 95-99
( Edited by J.J. Anderson, Everyman, London, 1996, p. 171)
(Translation by Paul Deane; Translation by Marie Borroff)

Sir Gawain and
the Green Knight

187) Ways of love in Verse 97 of Songs of Kabir:
THE Lord is in me, the Lord is in you, as life is in every seed.
    O servant! put false pride away, and seek for Him within you.
A million suns are ablaze with light,
The sea of blue spreads in the sky,
The fever of life is stilled, and all stains are washed away;
    when I sit in the midst of that world.
Hark to the unstruck bells and drums! Take your delight in love!
Rains pour down without water, and the rivers are streams of light.
One Love it is that pervades the whole world, few there are who know it fully:
They are blind who hope to see it by the light of reason,
    that reason which is the cause of separation—
The House of Reason is very far away!
How blessed is Kabîr, that amidst this great joy he sings within his own vessel.
It is the music of the meeting of soul with soul;
It is the music of the forgetting of sorrows;
It is the music that transcends all coming in and all going forth.
Kabir (1398-1448), Songs of Kabir, Verse XCVII
(Translated by Rabindranath Tagore, Macmillan, NY, 1916, p. 141)
188) Nature of the mind in Kabir's Sakhi: Verse 97:
When the snake of separation
bites the body, mantras.
don't work.
Without Ram you can't live.
If you live, you go mad.

Kabir (1398-1448), The Bijak of Kabir, Sabda: Verse 97 (p. 100)
(Translated by Linda Hess & Shukdev Singh, North Point Press, San Francisco, 1983)
189) Chapter 97 of Wu Ch'eng-en The Journey to the West:
Gold-dispensing external aid meets demonic harm;
The sage reveals his soul to bring restoration.

Dear Great Sage! He vaulted through the door and rose
immediately into the air. All that the people could see were
Colored mists everywhere shrouding the house;
The sky's hallowed air shielding primal spirit.
When they finally realized that this was an immortal who
could mount the clouds and ride the fog, a sage who could
bring life out of death, they all burned incense to worship.
There we shall leave them for the moment. With a series
of cloud somersaults, that Great Sage went to the Region
Below and crashed right into the Hall of Darkness.
So startled were they that
Ten Yama Kings, hands joined, saluted him;
Five Quarters ghost judges kowtowed to him.
Sword trees, a thousand stalks, were all askew;
Dagger-hills, tenthousanfold, were all made plain.
Goblins were saved in the Wrongful-Dead City;
Ghosts were redeemed by the No-Option Bridge.
Truly like Heaven's reprieve was one beam of divine light:
The whole Region of Darkness now turned bright.

Wu Ch'eng-en

Journey to the West
Volume 4

Wu Ch'eng-en (1500-1582),
The Journey to the West or Hsi-yu chi (1518), Volume 4, Chapter 97
(translated by Anthony C. Yu, University of Chicago Press, 1980, pp. 323, 338)
Expressing period of separation & absence
in 97th Sonnet (1609) of William Shakespeare:
How like a winter hath my absence been
From thee, the pleasure of the fleeting year!
What freezings have I felt, what dark days seen!
What old December's bareness everywhere!
And yet this time removed was summer's time;
The teeming autumn, big with rich increase,
Bearing the wanton burden of the prime,
Like widow'd wombs after their lords' decease:
Yet this abundant issue seemed to me
But hope of orphans, and unfathered fruit;
For summer and his pleasures wait on thee,
And, thou away, the very birds are mute:
    Or, if they sing, 'tis with so dull a cheer,
    That leaves look pale, dreading the winter's near.

William Shakespeare (1564-1616), Sonnets XCVII, Commentary

Hungary CB3: William Shakespeare
1 forint airmail (issued 10-16-1948)
191) 97th Haiku of Basho's Haiku (1678):
iris growing
under the eaves from a sardine's
weathered skull
Matsuo Basho (1644-1694), Basho: The Complete Haiku, Haiku 97
(translated by Jane Reichhold, Kodansha International, Tokyo, 2008, p. 44)
"Whose dwelling is the light of setting suns"
in Line 97 of Wordsworth's "Tintern Abbey":
To look on nature, not as in the hour
Of thoughtless youth; but hearing oftentimes
The still, sad music of humanity,
Nor harsh nor grating, though of ample power
To chasten and subdue. And I have felt
A presence that disturbs me with the joy
Of elevated thoughts; a sense sublime
Of something far more deeply interfused,
Whose dwelling is the light of setting suns,
And the round ocean and the living air,
And the blue sky, and in the mind of man;
A motion and a spirit, that impels
All thinking things, all objects of all thought,
And rolls through all things. Therefore am I still
A lover of the meadows and the woods,
And mountains; and of all that we behold
William Wordsworth (1770-1850),
"Tintern Abbey" (1798), Lines 89-104

William Wordsworth
by Benjamin R. Haydon
193) "Nor dim nor red, like God's own head"
in Line 97 of Coleridge's "The Rime of the Ancient Mariner":
Nor dim nor red, like God's own head,
The glorious Sun uprist:
Then all averred, I had killed the bird
That brought the fog and mist.
'Twas right, said they, such birds to slay,
That bring the fog and mist.
Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1772-1834),
"The Rime of the Ancient Mariner" (1798), Lines 97-102
The Complete Poems of Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Penguin Books, London, 1997, p. 150
"Their golden urns" in Line 97
of Goethe's Faust:
How each the Whole its substance gives,
Each in the other works and lives!
Like heavenly forces rising & descending,
Their golden urns reciprocally lending,
With wings that winnow blessing
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749-1832),
Faust (1806), Part I, Scene 1, Lines 94-98
(translated by Bayard Taylor, 1870,
Modern Library, New York, 1950, pp. 17-18)

Germany B307: Goethe
(issued 8-28-1949)
195) Poem 97 of Goethe, the Lyrist: 100 Poems:
Im Grenzenlosen sich zu finden,
Wird gern der einzelne verschwinden,
Da löst sich aller Überdruss;
Statt heissem Wünschen, wildem Wollen,
Statt läst'gem Fordern, strengem Sollen,
Sich aufzugeben ist Genuss.
To find their place where bounds are banished
Lone mortal men have gladly vanished,
And gone is everyting that cloys;
Instead of wishes, rash demanding,
Annoying plea, and stern commanding,
Renounce your will, and yours are joys.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749-1832), "One and All" (1821)
Goethe, the Lyrist: 100 Poems, (translated by Edwin H. Zeydel,
University of North Carolina Press, Chapel Hill, NC, 1955, pp. 166-167)
196) Line 97 of Byron's "The Prisoner of Chillon":
"With joy:— but not in chains to pine:"
The other was as pure of mind,
But form'd to combat with his kind;
Strong in his frame, and of a mood
Which 'gainst the world in war had stood,
And perish'd in the foremost rank
With joy:— but not in chains to pine:
His spirit wither'd with their clank,
I saw it silently decline—
And so perchance in sooth did mine:
But yet I forced it on to cheer
Those relics of a home so dear.

Castle of Chillion
Montreux, Switzerland
Lord George Gordon Byron (1788-1824)
"The Prisoner of Chillon" (1816), Lines 92-102
197) "And grasp'd his fingers in her palsied hand"
in Line 97 of John Keats' "The Eve of St. Agnes":
He startled her; but soon she knew his face,
And grasp'd his fingers in her palsied hand,
Saying, "Mercy, Porphyro! hie thee from this place;
They are all here to-night, the whole blood-thirsty race!"
John Keats (1795-1821),
"The Eve of St. Agnes" (1820), Lines 96-99
The Complete Poems of John Keats, Modern Library, NY, 1994, p. 174
198) "Her bow and winged reeds, as if to stem"
in Line 97 of Shelley's "Adonais: An Elegy on the Death of John Keats":
Another in her wilful grief would break
Her bow and winged reeds, as if to stem
A greater loss with one which was more weak;
And dull the barbed fire against his frozen cheek.
Percy Bysshe Shelley (1792-1822),
"Adonais: An Elegy on the Death of John Keats" (1821), Lines 96-99
199) Chapter 97 of Melville's Moby-Dick (1851):
Had you descended from the Pequod's try-works to the Pequod's forecastle,
where the off duty watch were sleeping, for one single moment you would have almost
thought you were standing in some illuminated shrine of canonized kings and counsellors.
There they lay in their triangular oaken vaults, each mariner a chiselled muteness;
a score of lamps flashing upon his hooded eyes.
In merchantmen, oil for the sailor is more scarce than the milk of queens. To dress
in the dark, and eat in the dark, and stumble in darkness to his pallet, this is his
usual lot. But the whaleman, as he seeks the food of light, so he lives in light.
He makes his berth an Aladdin's lamp, and lays him down in it; so that in the pitchiest
night the ship's black hull still houses an illumination. See with what entire freedom
the whaleman takes his handful of lamps- often but old bottles and vials, though—
to the copper cooler at the tryworks, and replenishes them there, as mugs of ale at a vat.
He burns, too, the purest of oil, in its unmanufactured, and, therefore, unvitiated state;
a fluid unknown to solar, lunar, or astral contrivances ashore. It is sweet as early grass
butter in April. He goes and hunts for his oil, so as to be sure of its freshness and
genuineness, even as the traveller on the prairie hunts up his own supper of game.

Herman Melville (1819-1891), Moby-Dick, Chapter 97: The Lamp
97th Poem of Emily Dickinson:
The rainbow never tells me
that gust and storm are by,
Yet is she more convincing
Than Philosophy.

My flowers turn from Forums—
Yet eloquent declare
What Cato couldn't prove me
Except the birds were here!
Emily Dickinson (1830-1886)
Complete Poems of Emily Dickinson, Poem 97 (circa 1859)
(edited by Thomas H. Johnson, 1955, p. 48)
201) 97th New Poem of Emily Dickinson:
Death is perhaps an intimate friend,
not an enemy.

Emily Dickinson (1830-1886)
(Letter 478 to Mrs. Joseph A. Sweetser, late October 1876)
New Poems of Emily Dickinson
(edited by William H. Shurr, University of North Carolin Press, 1993, p. 27)
202) "And brown ants" in Line 97 of Walt Whitman's Song of Myself (1855):
And that a kelson of the creation is love,
And limitless are leaves, stiff or drooping in the fields,
And brown ants in the little wells beneath them,
And mossy scabs of the worm fence, and heap'd stones,
    elder, mullen and poke-weed.
Walt Whitman (1819-1892)
Song of Myself, Lines 95-98
A Textual Variorum of the Printed Poems, Vol. I, Poems, 1855-1856
(Edited by Sculley Bradley, Harold W. Blodgett, Arthur Golden, William White
New York University Press, 1980, p. 6)
203) "What is this earth to our affections?" in Line 97
of Walt Whitman's Passage to India (1871):
What is this earth to our affections?
    (unloving earth, without a throb to answer ours,
Cold earth, the place of graves.)
Yet soul be sure the first intent remains, and shall be carried out,
Perhaps even now the time has arrived.

Walt Whitman (1819-1892)
Passage to India Section 5, Lines 97-100
A Textual Variorum of the Printed Poems, Vol. III, Poems, 1870-1891
(Edited by Sculley Bradley, Harold W. Blodgett, Arthur Golden, William White
New York University Press, 1980, p. 567)
Verse 97 in Tagore's Gitanjali:
I will deck thee with trophies, garlands of my defeat.
It is never in my power to escape unconquered.
I surely know my pride will go to the wall, my life will burst
    its bonds in exceeding pain, and my empty heart will sob out
    in music like a hollow reed, and the stone will melt in tears.
I surely know the hundred petals of a lotus will not remain closed
    for ever and the secret recess of its honey will be bared.
From the blue sky an eye shall gaze upon me
    and summon me in silence.
Nothing will be left for me, nothing whatever,
and utter death shall I receive at thy feet.

Rabindranath Tagore (1861-1941)
Gitanjali: Song Offerings (1912), Verse 97

Rabindranath Tagore
205) Poem 97 of The Poetry of Rilke [1908]
is titled "Corpse-Washing" ("Leichen-Wäsche"):
Sie hatten sich an ihn gewühnt. Doch als
die Küchenlampe kam und unruhig brannte
im dunkeln Luftzug, war der Unbekannte
ganz unbekannt. Sie wuschen seinen Hals,

und da sie nichts von seinem Schicksal wussten,
so logen sie ein anderes zusamm,
fortwährend waschend. Eine musste husten
und liess solang den schweren Essigschwamm

auf dem Gesicht. Da gab es eine Pause
auch für die zweite. Aus der harten Bürste
klopften die Tropfen; während seine grause
gekrampfte Hand dem ganzen Hause
beweisen wollte, dass ihn nicht mehr dürste.

Und er bewies. Sie nahmen wie betreten
eiliger jetzt mit einem kurzen Huster
die Arbeit auf, so dass an den Tapeten
ihr krummer Schatten in dem stummen Muster

sich wand und wälzte wie in einem Netze,
bis daß die Waschenden zu Ende kamen.
Die Nacht im vorhanglosen Fensterrahmen
war rücksichtslos. Und einer ohne Namen
lag bar und reinlich da und gab Gesetze.
They had gotten used to him. But when
the kitchen lamp came and burned restlessly
in the dark draft, the one no one knew
turned utterly unknown. They washed his neck,

and since they knew nothing of his fate,
they made up another one with lies,
washing all the while. The first had to cough,
and set the heavy vinegar-soaked sponge

down on his face. Then there was a pause
while the other rested. The drops kept falling
from her hard brush; while his terrible
cramped hand tried to make the whole house
see that he no longer thirsted.

He got through to them. With a short cough,
as if embarrassed, they resumed the task
more urgently, so that on the wallpaper,
their hunched shadows writhed and twisted

in the mute patterns as though in a net,
until the washings came to an end.
The night in the uncurtained window frame
was pitiless. And one without names
lay there bare and clean and gave commands.
Rainer Maria Rilke (1875-1926), "Corpse-Washing"
(translated by Edward Snow, The Poetry of Rilke (1908), 97
North Point Press, San Francisco, 2009, pp. 228-229)
206) Line 97 of Rilke's Duino Elegies V [1923]
"never could bring to mastery here":
Engel!: Es wäre ein Platz, den wir nicht wissen, dorten,
auf unsäglichem Teppich, zeigten die Liebenden, die's hier
bis zum Können nie bringen, ihre kühnen
hohen Figuren des Herzschwungs,
ihre Türme aus Lust, ihre
längst, wo Boden nie war, nur an einander
lehnenden Leitern, bebend, - und könntens,
Angel!: If there were a place that we didn't know of, and there,
on some unsayable carpet, lovers displayed
what they never could bring to mastery here— the bold
exploits of their high-flying hearts,
their towers of pleasure, their ladders
that have long since been standing where ther was no ground, leaning
just on each other, trembling— and could master all this,
Rainer Maria Rilke (1875-1926),
Duino Elegies, V.95-101
(translated by Stephen Mitchell)
Random House, New York, pp. 178-181)
(Other translations: Edward Snow; Robert Hunter)
207) 97th Page lines in James Joyce's Finnegans Wake, (14 samples):
bic bugles, hot to run him, given law, on a scent breasthigh, (97.1)
keen for the worry. View! From his holt outratted across the (97.2)
louping the loup, to Tankardstown again. Ear canny hare for (97.8)
from the good turn when he last was lost, check, upon Ye Hill (97.11)
of Rut in full winter coat with ticker pads, pointing for his room- (97.12)
ing house his old nordest in his rolltoproyal hessians a deaf fuch- (97.13)
hied home. Preservative perseverance in the reeducation of his (97.18)
Assembly men murmured. Reynard is slow! (97.28)
One feared for his days. Did there yawn? 'Twas his stom- (97.29)
mick. Eruct? The libber. A gush? From his visuals. Pung? De- (97.30)
livver him, orelode! He had laid violent hands on himself, it was (97.31)
brought in Fugger's Newsletter, lain down, all in, fagged out, (97.32)
with equally melancholy death. For the triduum of Saturnalia (97.33)
his goatservant had paraded hiz willingsons in the Forum while (97.34)
James Joyce (1882-1941), Finnegans Wake, (1939), p. 97
208) "Above the arrowy, still strings," in Line 97 of Wallace Stevens's,
The Man with the Blue Guitar (1937):

And the color, the overcast blue
Of the air, in which the blue guitar

Is a form, described but difficult,
And I am merely a shadow hunched

Above the arrowy, still strings,
The maker of a thing yet to be made;

The color like a thought that grows
Out of a mood, the tragic robe

Of the actor, half his gesture, half
His speech, the dress of his meaning, silk

Sodden with his melancholy words,
The weather of his stage, himself.

Wallace Stevens (1879-1955),
The Man with the Blue Guitar, Lines 94-104 (Section IX)
Collected Poetry and Prose, Library of America, NY, 1997, p. 138
209) Page 97 in William Carlos Williams' Paterson (1958)
is from a 50-page poem titled "The Library":
to find— a child burned in a field,
no language. Tried, aflame, to crawl under
a fence to go home. So be it. Two others,
boy and girl, clasped in each others' arms
(clasped also by the water) So be it. Drowned
wordless in the canal. So be it. The Paterson
Cricket Club, 1896. A woman lobbyist. So
be it. Two local millionaires— moved away.
So be it. Another Indian rock shelter
found— a bone awl. So be it. The
old Rogers Locomotive Works. So be it.
Shield us from loneliness. So be it. The mind
reels, starts back amazed from the reading
So be it.

William Carlos Williams (1883-1963), Paterson (1958)
Edited by Christopher MacGowan
New Directions, NY, 1992, p. 97
(Published in Book III, Section 1, 1949)
210) Sonnet 97 in Pablo Neruda's 100 Love Sonnets (1960)
These days, one must fly— but where to?
without wings, without an airplane, fly— without a doubt:
the footsteps have passed on, to no avail;
they didn't move the feet of the traveler along.

At every instant, one must fly— like
eagles, like houseflies, like days:
must conquer the rings of Saturn
and build new carillons there.

Shoes and pathways are no longer enough,
the earth is no use anymore to the wanderer:
the roots have already crossed through the night,

and you will appear on another planet,
stubbornly transient,
transformed in the end into poppies.

Pablo Neruda
Love Sonnet XCVII, 100 Love Sonnets: Cien Sonetos de Amor
Editorial Losada, Buenos Aires, 1960 (trans. Stephen Tapscott, 1986, p. 205)
Chapter 97 in Jack Kerouac's Desolation Angels (1965):
so we go out and get drunk and dig the session in
the Cellar where Bruce Moore is blowing on tenor
saxophone, which h holds mouthpieced in the side of
his mouth, his cheeks distended in a round ball like
Harry James and Dizzy Gillespie, and he plays perfect
pretty harmony to any tune they bring up— he pays
little attention to anyone, he drinks his beer, he gets
loaded and eye heavy, but he never misses a beat or
a note because music is his heart, and in music he
has found that that pure message to give the world.
Jack Kerouac (1922-1969), Desolation Angels: A Novel,
Coward-McCann, NY, 1965, Ch. 97, pp. 199-200 (Web: 1, 2)
Poem 97 of The Collected Poems of Kenneth Koch:
is "Reflections on Morocco"— Essaouira
The concept is a country without adequate means of locomotion
other than the camel's backs... Essaouira the real name is Mogador...
I love Essaouira. Essaouira Essaouira it is you. Your name is like licorice...
The clouds' door opens and Essaouira appears... Clouds of thought and
feeling stretched out. And a sharp left will take you to the sea...
The world moves, but the earth's stone remain unshaken.
Kenneth Koch, (1925-2002)
The Collected Poems of Kenneth Koch
Alfred A. Knopf, New York, 2006, pp. 335-337
(Note: Koch was my Freshman English Professor at Columbia, 1959-60;
He taught children to write poetry in NYC; My teaching at CPITS)

Kenneth Koch
213) Poem 97 of Talking to the Sun is "Grasshoppers"
Grasshoppers go in many a thrumming spring
And now to stalks of tasselled sour-grass cling,
That shakes and sways awhile, but still keeps straight,
While arching oxeye doubles with his weight.
Next on the cat-tail grass with farther bound
He springs, that bends until they touch the ground.
— John Claire (1793-1864), cited in Kenneth Koch & Kate Farrell (Eds),
Talking to the Sun (An Illustrated Anthology of Poems for Young People)
Metropolitan Museum of Art & Henry Holt & Co., New York, 1985, p. 66
214) Poem 97 in Tomas Tranströmer's Selected Poems 1954-1986 (1987)
(There are 118 poems in this edition; Poem 97 is "At Funchal")
AT FUNCHAL (Island of Madeira)
On the beach there's a seafood place, simple, a shack thrown up by survivors
of the shipwreck. Many turn back at the door, but not the sea winds. A shadow
stands inside his smoky hut frying two fish according to an old recipe from
Atlantis, tiny garlic explosions, oil running over sliced tomatoes, every
morsel says that the ocean wishes us well, a humming from the deep places...
A drink that bubbles in empty glasses. An amplifier that magnifies silence.
A path that grows over after every step. A book that can only be read in the dark.

— Tomas Tranströmer: Selected Poems 1954-1986
Edited by Robert Hass, (translated by Robet Bly)
Ecco Press, NY, 1986, p. 154 (web)

Tomas Tranströmer
Nobel Prize 2011
215) "first abalone" in Line 97 of Mary Oliver's
poem "Evening Star":

first road to the ocean,
first smell of the ocean
first white heron
first abalone,

Mary Oliver (born 1935), "Evening Star", lines 94-97
The Leaf and the Cloud, Da Capo Press, 2000, p. 51

216) There are 284 poems in Robert Bly's Stealing Sugar from the Castle (2013)
Poem #97 is "My Father at Eighty-six" (1990)—
You are eighty-
Six, and while we
Talk suddenly
Fall asleep.
Would you have been
Proud of me
If I had lived
More like you?
In this same hospital
Room, drying out
Thirty-five years
Ago. you said to me:
"Are you happy?"
I was twenty-eight.
"Happiness is not one
Of he aims I have
Set for my life."
You were alarmed.
I was bluffing, as
Isolated as you.
Now you have almost
Reached the last station.
Shall I say that you
Misspent your life?
You stood vibrating
On a threshing machine,
Pulleys, choppers, shakers
Beneath you.
And kept your balance
I walked on a rope,
Carrying six
Children on my shoulders,
Felt their love.
A woman had
A message for me
And it arrived.
Now for the first time
I can see your skull
Below your closed
Grape-like eyes.
Some modest,
Thing has happened.
Is that all?
What did we expect?
Robert Bly (born 12-23-1926)
Stealing Sugar from the Castle: Selected & New Poems 1950-2013
W.W. Norton & Co., New York, pp. 152-153
(Google Books; Reading poem on PBS) (2008 Stanford Workshops, Reading)
217) There are 229 poems in Kay Ryan's
The Best of It (2010), 97th poem

Whatever must be learned
is always on the bottom,
as with the law of drawers
and the necessary item.
It isn't pleasant,
whatever they tell children,
to turn out on the floor
the folded things in them.

Kay Ryan (born 9-21-1945),
    The Best of It (New & Selected Poems),
    Grove Press, NY, 2010, p. 117
    (2010 Stanford Workshops); (Web)

Kay Ryan,
U.S. Poet Laureate
There are 170 aphorisms in James Richardson's poem
"Vectors 3.0: Even More Aphorisms and Ten-Second Essays"
in By the Numbers (2010)
97th aphorism
Joe Cool is playing at Cold. And his babe is Hot, which
is also play, and in that more like Cool than like Warm:
no one exclaims delightedly "Man, that's Warm!" We'll
pay to watch the players of Hot and Cool, but we flee the
salesmen, priest and politicians solemnly emitting Warm.
James Richardson (born 1950),
    By the Numbers, Copper Canyon Press,
    Port Townsend, WA, 2010, p. 43; (Web: 1, 2, 3)

James Richardson
There are 173 poems in Jane Hirshfield's
Women in Praise of the Sacred (1994)
(43 Centuries of Spiritual Poetry by Women)
97th poem is by Mirabai (1498-1565),
"the body is like the ocean"—

O friend, understand: the body
is like an ocean,
rich with hidden treasures.

Open your innermost chamber
    and light its lamp.

Within the body are gardens,
rare flowers, peacocks, the inner Music;
within the body a lake of bliss,
on it the white soul-swans take their joy.

And in the body, a vast market—
go there, trade,
sell yourself for a profit you can't spend.

Mira says, her Lord is beyond praising.
Allow her to dwell near Your feet.

Jane Hirshfield

Jane Hirshfield (born 2-24-1953),
    Editor of Women in Praise of the Sacred
    (43 Centuries of Spiritual Poetry by Women)
    HarperCollins Publishers, New York, 1994, p. 137 (Web)

97 in Numerology
220) Numerology: words whose letters add up to 97

Evergreen Wanderer = (545979555) + (51545959) = 54 + 43 = 97

Partridge a Pear Tree = (719299475) + (1) + (7519) + (2955) = 53 + 1 + 22 + 21 = 97

Round Table Nourishment = (96354) + (21235) + (56399184552) = 27 + 13 + 57 = 97

Sunflower Burning Bush = (135636559) + (2395957) + (2318) = 43 + 40 + 14 = 97

Unity and Multiplicity = (35927) + (154) + (433297393927) = 26 + 10 + 61 = 97

Weeping Crescent Moon = (5557957) + (39513552) + (4665) = 43 + 33 + 21 = 97

February Twenty Three (February 23) = 65293197 + 255527 + 28955 = 42 + 26 + 29 = 97

Fourteen Sixty Eight (1468) = 66392555 + 19627 + 59782 = 41 + 25 + 31 = 97

Eighteen Eighty Two (1882) = 5978255 + 597827 + 256 = 46 + 38 + 13 = 97

Nineteen Forty Eight (1948) = 5952555 + 66927 + 59782 = 36 + 30 + 31 = 97

Nineteen Fifty Eight (1958) = 5952555 + 69627 + 59782 = 36 + 30 + 31 = 97

These web pages on the number 97 are composed
for my Cornell Professor Harold A. Scheraga's
97th birthday on October 18, 2018

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