Thisby Thestoop and the Black Mountain

It’s fair to say that I read a good number of books children’s books. Having kids of my own, I like to pilfer their shelves from time to time. In our house, we like to stock “the classics” as a sort of quality guarantee. Since children’s books became a genre there have been writers who have tried to cash in on the children’s market as a way to make a quick buck with little effort. Reading “the classics” means that you get the best books from every era without having to wade through the formulaic twaddle, most of which has mercifully been forgotten over the years.
It’s a different story with modern children’s books. Picking up a new children’s book means taking a chance on wasting your time, and the modern children’s book publishing machine loves tried and true formulas. After the success of Harry Potter we got books about schools for magical/mythological/specially talented kids who are sorted into groups based on their personalities. After The Hunger Games took off, we’ve have had m…

Shrove Tuesday

Today is Shrove Tuesday, a day of confession and penance to kick off the Lentan season that begins tomorrow (Ash Wednesday). Unfortunately in our culture it has become a day for sinful indulgence (Mardi Gras). However, in keeping with the original spirit of the day, here is a medieval poem to focus our minds on the coming season of Lent, and the glorious arrival of Eastertide in April.

The Corpus Christi Carol

Lulley, lully; lully, lulley;
The falcon hath born my mak away.

He bore him up, he bore him down;
He bore him into an orchard brown.

In that orchard there was a hall,
That was hanged with purple and pall.

And in that hall there was a bed;
It was hanged with gold so red.

And in that bed there lieth a knight,
His wounds bleeding day and night.

By that bed's side there kneeleth a may,
And she weepeth both night and day.

And by that bed's side there standeth a stone,
'Corpus Christi' written thereon.


Anonymous said…
"Unfortunately in our culture it has become a day for sinful indulgence (Mardi Gras)."

Thats because our culture sucks and needs Easternization. ;-)