- Despite my having received these twelve wonderful books for Christmas and being in the midst of reading the one whence my miracles post came, I made the mistake of dropping by the local library the other day and had to take a peek at the New Books shelves. And, dadgumit, two books jumped off the shelf into my arms and came home with me!
- I'm still reading Jesus Before Christianity (in fact the
chapter on prestige and its relation to Jesus saying we should be like
little children was great) and have completely finished two books from
The Christmas Dozen. Yet the library books need to be read before they
are due in three weeks so I started The Book of Books: The Radical Impact of the King James Bible 1611-2011 by Melvyn Bragg.
He's English so the book has those delightful English spellings and
it's really so interesting to me to read an Englishman's thoughts on the
KJB and its impact on Britain as well as the United States.
- In a chapter discussing the Bible and literature, I read this excerpt from John Dryden's Absalom and Achitophel
about polygamy and found it cute enough to share (although anyone who
knows me, probably realizes that I find polygyny as it's practiced for
the most part, anything but 'cute.' Aaaaaand, in reality, this poem isn't so much 'cute' either as it's just witty....yes, let's say it's witty.)
In pious times, e'r Priest-craft did begin,Before Polygamy was made a sin;When man, on many, multiply'd his kind,E'r one to one was, cursedly, confind:When Nature prompted, and no law deny'dPromiscuous use of Concubine and Bride;Then, Israel's monarch, after Heaven's own heart,His vigorous warmth did, variously, impartTo Wives and Slaves; And, wide as his Command,Scatter'd his Maker's Image through the Land.
This book is also where I got the John Adams quote which I posted on Facebook yesterday. I thought it was interesting especially after reading The English Is Coming! last year.
Your turn: what do you think of either John Adams' thoughts on English or John Dryden's poem? Would you describe it as "witty" or "cute" or something else entirely?