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Author Name: FreeRoss 2 Comments
Date Added: October 29, 2006 18:10:14 Average Score: (Needs 2)
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A Castrato Sings

(The King James Bible was commissioned at the beginning of 1604)


A castrato sings to please the language he encounters

voluptuous as a harem girl,

Rhythmic movements for an absent king.

Scholars raised for King James a holy script

from ancient Greek and Hebrew text,

The whole show royally underwritten;

No blind pauper saint hunting for a verbal crumb

in the alleys of the damned.

A framework set to stage an epoch

laid in exquisitely chosen words

to satisfy the patron and glorify the age.

Such skills at the service of an empire

will never be ignored, nor such rhetoric fade.

The wilderness was in the pages marked;

Not lived by the learned scribe

deliberating on the weight of the chosen form.

It lay at their feet to arise a startling beauty,

Perfected from head to toe

by the mental labours of a host of appointed men.
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Comment By: PremiumEric Siedzikowski on September 21, 2009 11:27:23 AM Report
"No blind pauper saint hunting for a verbal crumb in th alleys of the damned." Absolute pure poetic genius that will cause me to read around you until one of us leaves the planet.
Comment By: FreeBarbara Demasson on October 30, 2006 01:46:56 AM Report
They did a pretty decent job of it too, seeing as how they hadn't lived the experiences themselves. Sad really, as I think it makes better writers of us. I believe that learning comes from living more than living comes from learning...have I talked myself into a "what came first, the chicken or the egg" scenerio? Oh bother! *smiles*


"Such skills at the service of an empire"...well then, they best have ONLY the most loyal servents record the testimony eh.


Wonderfully said Ross. Pity you couldn't have helped those lads out... your ability as a writer would have been an asset in those times.




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