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…

Advent Poem 3

Noel, Noel, Noel

Noel, noel, noel,
Sing we with mirth.
Christ is come well
With us to dwell,
By his most noble birth.

Under a tree
When sporting me
Alone by a wood-side,
I heard a maid
That sweetly said,
'I am with childe this tide.' Noel, etc.

Conceived have I
The Son of God so sweet;
His gracious will
I put me till,
As mother him to keep.' Noel, etc.

'Both night and day
I will him pray,
And hear his laws taught,
And every dell
His true gospel
In his apostles fraught.' Noel, etc.

'This ghostly case
Doth me embrace,
Without despite or mock;
With my darling,
"Lullay" to sing,
And lovely him to rock.' Noel, etc.

'Without distress
In great lightness
I am both night and day.
This heavenly fod
In his childhood
Shall daily with me play.' Noel, etc.

'Soon must I sing
With rejoicing,
For the time is all run
That I shall child,
All undefiled,
The King of Heaven's Son.' Noel, etc.