you that love the feasts

Glorious Nicholas, the holy preacher of Christ, you are the great and fervent protector of those in danger, those on land and sea, far off or near; for you are a most compassionate and mighty intercessor. Therefore, as we assemble, we cry aloud:// “Pray to the Lord that we may be delivered from all danger!”Continue reading “you that love the feasts”

there was light and high beauty for ever beyond its reach

There, peeping among the cloud-wrack above a dark tor high up in the mountains, Sam saw a white star twinkle for a while. The beauty of it smote his heart, as he looked up out of the forsaken land, and hope returned to him. For like a shaft, clear and cold, the thought pierced himContinue reading “there was light and high beauty for ever beyond its reach”

turn off the limelight

From “The Superstition of School” (1923) by G.K. Chesterton: Education ought to be a searchlight given to a man to explore everything, but very specially the things most distant from himself. Education tends to be a spotlight; which is centered entirely on himself. Some improvement may be made by turning equally vivid and perhaps vulgarContinue reading “turn off the limelight”

broken Hallelujah

A couple lines from Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah.” I heard it recently from a friend and teacher. With several versions during Cohen’s long career and recordings by some 50 artists, the lyrics seem to vary slightly each time. It’s not the laughter of someone who claims to have seen the light No, it’s a cold, andContinue reading “broken Hallelujah”

sounds of the harp

Beowulf, translated by Frederick Rebsamen, lines 99 to 107: They lived brightly   on the benches of Heorot caught up in laughter   till a creature brought them fear in the night   an infernal hall-guest. Grendel circled   sounds of the harp prowled the marshes   moors and ice-streams forests and fens.   He found his home with misshapen monsters   in misery and greed. The Shaper banishedContinue reading “sounds of the harp”