Wishing a very Merry Christmas to Kurt Silverfiddle and friends!
I'm afraid that none yet have "slain" the Erymanthian Boar. And none, will.
...for it took a woman to help slay the Calydonian boar, and Theseus himself was only able to slay the Crommyonian Sow. ;)
I haven't heard "The Boar's Head Carol" in ages!Celtic Woman is all the rage, and some of the material is outstanding.But give me a choir any day -- with pipe organ accompaniment.---------------MERRY CHRISTMAS TO ALL HERE AT SILVERFIDDLE'S SITE!
Finnann, who is anti-moronic,Entertains us with tunes diatonic.With Adeste FidelisHe’s yet to regale us,But instead the Boar’s Head macaronic.MERRY CHRISTMAS!~ FreeThinke
'Tis a rare treat for me to learn a new word. I accept "macaronic" as a most welcome-if-perhaps-unintended Christmas gift.Many thanks!~ FT
Why should dour atheists be shockedTo hear carolers sing Stille NachtNear Nativity ScenesSet upon village greens,If the carolers aren’t half-crocked? ;-)~ FT
I like my macaronic with cheese...Pardon my corny humor. We have a houseful of kinfolk and I spent the night in a barbie tent in the living room with a three year old and a 7 year old.
Yankee Doodle had a head/cap full of feathers, instead of macaroni.But then, whatever you're likely to call "good", the others will call "macaroni".But a major part of the problem with our economy today stems from the fact that macaroni vendors are now producing feathers, instead of sticking to producing macaroni's. There are no markets for chicken and/or eagle's feathers, when THAT happens. :(
" I spent the night in a barbie tent in the living room with a three year old and a 7 year old."Good LORD, SilverFiddle! Be careful what you write -- especially in public venues like this.Can you IMAGINE what Opposition Researchers would make of a statement like that, if you should ever rise to prominence and try to run for public office?Never forget the country is effectively governed by dirty-minded cynics. As such, I can assure you they no respect whatsoever for the sanctity of Christmas.In fact I wouldn't be a bit surprised if NOW or Code Stink didn't try to bring Santa Claus up on morals charges as a would-be Child Molester or Kidnapper, who gets his kicks by entering peoples' homes by stealth in the middle of the night.Joshingly, and with Jollity,Your friend, FreeThinkeMERRY CHRISTMAS!!!
...and yes, macaroni is my preferred medium. ;)
Something else I never knew -- or perhaps had forgotten:In England a well-traveled young man who makes a great show of his acquired culture could be called "a macaroni." "Macaroni" is also a synonym for a fop.And here I had always thought it an old-fashioned term for pasta! now fallen into disrepute!Perhaps English, itself, could be described as "macaronic," since it is a blend Latinate, Teutonic, and Grecian influences where educated men and women have been much given to sprinkling their writings and even their informal discourse with phrases borrowed directly from Latin -- and most often in the recent past -- from French.In the USA we are gradually being overwhelmed with Spanish. Regrettably it's mostly of the Tex-Mex variety. In few more years, if the trend continues, the USA might be more accurately known as MACARONICA.Yo have to admit it does have a nice ring to it -- or don't you agree?Cheerio!~ FT
One more, and the I promise I'm outta here;The composer, Adolphe Adam,Who called all married women “Madame,”Wrote Cantique de NoelWhile under a spellThat compelled him to write like a ham!JOYEUX NOEL!
More on the tradition at Queen's College, Oxford...There was an amusing tradition formerly current in Oxford concerning the boar's head custom, which represented that usage as a commemoration of an act of valour performed by a student of the college, who, while walking in the neighbouring forest of Shotover and reading Aristotle, was suddenly attacked by a wild boar. The furious beat came open-mouthed upon the youth, who, however, very courageously, and with a happy presence of mind, thrust the volume he was reading down the boar's throad, crying, "Græcum est,"2 and fairly choked the savage with the sage.This tradition, together with the customary celebration, occasioned the production of the following song, which appeared in "The Oxford Sausage," a miscellany of humorous poetry relating to Oxford, published nearly a century ago, under the care of the Rev. Thomas Warton, who himself largely contributed to it."SONGIn Honour of the Celebration of the Boar's Head,At Queen's College, Oxford'Tam Marti quam Mercurio.' "I sing not of Roman or Grecian made games, The Pythian, Olympic, and such like hard names; Your patience awhile with submission I beg; I strive but to honour the feast of Coll. Reg. Derry down, down, down, derry down. "No Thracian brawls at our rites eer prevail, We temper our mirth with plain sober mild ail The tricks of old Circe deter us from wine; Though we honour a bour, we won't make ourselves swine. Derry down, down, down, derry down. "Great Milo was famous for slaying his ox, Yet he prov'd but an ass in cleaving of blocks; But we had a hero for all things was fit, Our motto displays both his valour and wit. Derry down, down, down, derry down. "Stout Hercules labour'd and look's mighty big, When he slew the half-starved Erymanthian pig; But we can relate to such a stratagem taken, That the stoutest of boars could not save his own bacon. Derry down, down, down, derry down. "So dreadful this brisle-back'd foe did appear, You'd have sworn he had got the wrong pig by the ear; But instead of avoiding the mouth of the beast, He ramm'd in a volume, and cried -- Græcum est. Derry down, down, down, derry down. "In this gallant action such fortitude shewn is, As proves him no coward, nor tender Adonis; No armour but logic, by which we may find That logic's the bulwark of body and mind. Derry down, down, down, derry down. "Ye, squires, that fear neither hills nor rough rocks, And think you're full wise when you outwit a fox; Enrich your poor brains, and expose them no more, Learn Greek, and seek glory from hunting the boar. Derry down, down, down, derry down."
The boar represents the male principle of "destruction unleashed". The only "cure" is the feminine principle of "attachmentment".Hence the head can only be served in a "queen's" college.......and so, sf, you now have been served the "cheese" with which to accompany your macaroni.
..as for the "bore" who lurks in this forest, I'm afraid no amount of "Greek" could choke him. ;)
Sappho, we barely knew ye.
...and just to remind all bore hunters...
Well, I suppose that I've eaten enough peasant food for one afternoon.Ta-TA, sf and friends! Have a Blessed Christmas Eve Day!
May you all have a merry Christmas!Thank you all for yet another year of lively discussion at Western Hero.Wishing you and yours a peaceful holiday season.- Hugh
Sliver Fuddle-Merry Christmas to you and your family.. Where is the annual Santa Photo?Redneck Ron
Redneck Ron: Western Hero is under new management and it has taken on a much-needed cultural upgrade.For those interested, here is the post that features a picture of Mrs Silverfiddle perched upon Redneck Santa's lap...Merry Redneck Christmas
A very Merry and Blessed Christmas to you and yours Silver !
Silver-Cultrual upgrade? What kind of Cultural Upgrade? More Country and Blue Grass music?
May the miracle of Christmas fill your heart with warmth and love.Merry Christmas!
Bluegrass? Sure, we can do Bluegrass~Finntann
sf..when I read that I read MACARONI, too :-) (but then, as you know, I'm obsessed!)MERRY CHRISTMAS, EVERYONE!Love, Zp.s. what kind of remark is THAT for a CURMUDGEON!? (love it!)
While carols we sing Christmas EveHelp to stave off the urge to grieve,Puer natus tomorrowShould rid us of sorrow,Despite webs politicos weave.HAPPY CHRISTMAS!
Acts 5:31Him hath God exalted with his right hand to be a Prince and a Saviour, for to give repentance to Israel, and forgiveness of sins.
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