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Published in: on December 31, 2006 at 12:00 am  Comments (2)  

Boxing Day

WrenOn Boxing Day, the day after Christmas, also known as St Stephen’s Day and in some places Wren’s Day, there is a tradition that a wren, known as the King of Birds, should be captured and sacrificed to ensure good luck and propitious conditions for the coming year.

We’ll away to the wood, says Robin to Bobbin,
We’ll away to the wood, says Richard to Robin,
We’ll away to the wood, says Jack of the Land,
We’ll away to the wood, says every one.

What shall we do there? says Robin to Bobbin,
What shall we do there? says Richard to Robin,
What shall we do there? says Jack of the Land,
What shall we do there? says every one.

We’ll hunt the wren, says Robin to Bobbin,
We’ll hunt the wren, says Richard to Robin,
We’ll hunt the wren, says Jack of the Land,
We’ll hunt the wren, says every one.

Where is he? Where is he? says Robin to Bobbin,
Where is he? Where is he? says Richard to Robin,
Where is he? Where is he? says Jack of the Land,
Where is he? Where is he? says every one.

In yonder green bush, says Robin to Bobbin,
In yonder green bush, says Richard to Robin,
In yonder green bush, says Jack of the Land,
In yonder green bush, says every one.

I see him, I see him, says Robin to Bobbin,
I see him, I see him, says Richard to Robin,
I see him, I see him, says Jack of the Land,
I see him, I see him, says every one.

How shall we get him home? says Robin to Bobbin,
How shall we get him home? says Richard to Robin,
How shall we get him home? says Jack of the Land,
How shall we get him home? says every one.

We’ll hire a cart, says Robin to Bobbin,
We’ll hire a cart, says Richard to Robin,
We’ll hire a cart, says Jack of the Land,
We’ll hire a cart, says every one.

Whose cart shall we hire? says Robin to Bobbin,
Whose cart shall we hire? says Richard to Robin,
Whose cart shall we hire? says Jack of the Land,
Whose cart shall we hire? says every one.

Johnny Bill Fell’s, says Robin to Bobbin,
Johnny Bill Fell’s, says Richard to Robin,
Johnny Bill Fell’s, says Jack of the Land,
Johnny Bill Fell’s, says every one.

Who will stand driver? says Robin to Bobbin,
Who will stand driver? says Richard to Robin,
Who will stand driver? says Jack of the Land,
Who will stand driver? says every one.

Filly the Tweet, says Robin to Bobbin,
Filly the Tweet, says Richard to Robin,
Filly the Tweet, says Jack of the Land,
Filly the Tweet, says every one.

He’s home, he’s home, says Robin to Bobbin,
He’s home, he’s home, says Richard to Robin,
He’s home, he’s home, says Jack of the Land,
He’s home, he’s home, says every one.

How shall we get him boiled? says Robin to Bobbin,
How shall we get him boiled? says Richard to Robin,
How shall we get him boiled? says Jack of the Land,
How shall we get him boiled? says every one.

In the brewery pan, says Robin to Bobbin,
In the brewery pan, says Richard to Robin,
In the brewery pan, says Jack of the Land,
In the brewery pan, says every one.

How shall we get him in? says Robin to Bobbin,
How shall we get him in? says Richard to Robin,
How shall we get him in? says Jack of the Land,
How shall we get him in? says every one.

With iron bars and a rope, says Robin to Bobbin,
With iron bars and a rope, says Richard to Robin,
With iron bars and a rope, says Jack of the Land,
With iron bars and a rope, says every one.

He is in, he is in, says Robin to Bobbin,
He is in, he is in, says Richard to Robin,
He is in, he is in, says Jack of the Land,
He is in, he is in, says every one.

He is boiled, he is boiled, says Robin to Bobbin,
He is boiled, he is boiled, says Richard to Robin,
He is boiled, he is boiled, says Jack of the Land,
He is boiled, he is boiled, says every one.

How shall we get him out? says Robin to Bobbin,
How shall we get him out? says Richard to Robin,
How shall we get him out? says Jack of the Land,
How shall we get him out? says every one.

With a long pitchfork, says Robin to Bobbin,
With a long pitchfork, says Richard to Robin,
With a long pitchfork, says Jack of the Land,
With a long pitchfork, says every one.

He is out, he is out, says Robin to Bobbin,
He is out, he is out, says Richard to Robin,
He is out, he is out, says Jack of the Land,
He is out, he is out, says every one.

Who’s to dine at the dinner? says Robin to Bobbin,
Who’s to dine at the dinner? says Richard to Robin,
Who’s to dine at the dinner? says Jack of the Land,
Who’s to dine at the dinner? says every one.

The King and the Queen, says Robin to Bobbin,
The King and the Queen, says Richard to Robin,
The King and the Queen, says Jack of the Land,
The King and the Queen, says every one.

How shall we get him eat? says Robin to Bobbin,
How shall we get him eat? says Richard to Robin,
How shall we get him eat? says Jack of the Land,
How shall we get him eat? says every one.

With knives and with forks, says Robin to Bobbin,
With knives and with forks, says Richard to Robin,
With knives and with forks, says Jack of the Land,
With knives and with forks, says every one.

He is eat, he is eat, says Robin to Bobbin,
He is eat, he is eat, says Richard to Robin,
He is eat, he is eat, says Jack of the Land,
He is eat, he is eat, says every one.

The eyes for the blind, says Robin to Bobbin,
The eyes for the blind, says Richard to Robin,
The eyes for the blind, says Jack of the Land,
The eyes for the blind, says every one.

The legs for the lame, says Robin to Bobbin,
The legs for the lame, says Richard to Robin,
The legs for the lame, says Jack of the Land,
The legs for the lame, says every one.

The pluck for the poor, says Robin to Bobbin,
The pluck for the poor, says Richard to Robin,
The pluck for the poor, says Jack of the Land,
The pluck for the poor, says every one.

The bones for the dogs, says Robin to Bobbin,
The bones for the dogs, says Richard to Robin,
The bones for the dogs, says Jack of the Land,
The bones for the dogs, says every one.

(A traditional British song)

Published in: on December 26, 2006 at 12:00 am  Leave a Comment  

Castles

Arundel CastleA conversation overheard between a young boy and his father:

“Dad, what happens to you when you die?”

“That depends. Sometimes they put you in a box and bury you. Sometimes they burn you. Some people leave their dead out to be eaten by birds.”

“No, not your body, what happens to you?”

“Well, that depends on what you do when you’re alive. If you build yourself somewhere to go to when your body dies then you’ll go there. If you don’t, I guess then you just disappear.”

“Disappear?”

“Eaten by the world. Reabsorbed into nothingness, like you never existed.”

“I’m going to build myself a castle for when I die.”

Published in: on December 3, 2006 at 12:00 am  Comments (1)