Friday, April 29, 2016

NPM: Was It Not Curious?

      Upon seeing English children in the slave market, Aúgustin asked who they were. Being told they were "Angli", that is, English, he said "Non Angli sed angeli", that is, Not English but angels, and Pope Gregory I, hearing the story, promptly sent Aúgustin to England to convert the English.
    Was it not curious of Aúgustin
    Saint Aúgustin, Saint Aúgustin,
    When he saw the beautiful British children
    To say such a curious thing?

    He said he must send the gospel, the gospel,
    At once to them over the waves
    He never said he thought it was wicked
    To steal them away for slaves.

    To steal the children away
    To buy and have slavery at all
    Oh no, oh no, it was not a thing
    That caused him any appal.

    Was it not curious of Gregory
    Rather more than of Aúgustin?
    It was not curious so much
    As it was wicked of them. 

    -- Stevie Smith



At 3:22 PM, May 05, 2016 Anonymous Kathie had this to say...

If it's not too late, I'd like to commend you on doing yeoman duty celebrating National Poetry Month. Many thanks for all these offerings!

At 3:34 PM, May 05, 2016 Blogger The Ridger, FCD had this to say...

Never too late! Thanks. I used to do it every year but for the last couple it got away from me.


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