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Helen Waddell

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“Look to the highest of the heights of heaven”

My pal, Boethius, again.  And, no it doesn’t pertain directly to Christmas, but I think it puts one in the frame of mind.  Whether Christian or no, it’s nice to have a time set aside each year where, in certain quarters, we are encouraged to “look to the highest of heights,” not in an X-Factor … Continue reading

How’s this for a Queen Bee, only it’s a bird!

De ramis cadunt folia, nam viror totus periit, iam calor liquit omnia et abiit; nam signa coeli ultima sol petiit. Iam nocet frigus teneris, et avis bruma leditur. (taken from a 13th century ms., and published in Mediaval Latin Lyrics, trans. Helen Waddell.  Norton 1977.  For translation, see below) This is one bird that not … Continue reading

On Easter and Bees, or as it is Good Friday some thoughts from Augustine for Richard Dawkins…

Carmen Paschale (Sedulius Scottus) Surrexit Christus sol versus vespere noctis, surgit et hinc domini mystica messis agri, nunc vaga puniceis apium plebs laeta labore floribus instrepitans poblite mella legit. nunc variae volucres permulcent aethera cantu, temperat et pernox nunc philomela melos. nunc chorus ecclesiae cantat per cantica Sion, alleluia suis centuplicatque tonis. Tado, pater patriae, … Continue reading

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