Friday, May 25, 2007

Tuna

A poem by Pablo Neruda, commie bastard but better-than-able poet.

(The note by the translator fascinates.)
Woo-hoo!

Jordin won!

Wednesday, May 23, 2007

Things I won't be blogging about
(at great length)


The war. I'll say only that my views have changed somewhat from the hawkish enthusiasms of 2003.

Presidential politics, 2008. At this point, I look at the available candidates, and have absolutely no clue whom to vote for, or indeed whether to vote.

Monday, May 21, 2007

Benedicite

26: But the angel of the Lord came down into the furnace to be with Azariah and his companions, and drove the fiery flame out of the furnace,

27: and made the midst of the furnace like a moist whistling wind, so that the fire did not touch them at all or hurt or trouble them.

28: Then the three, as with one mouth, praised and glorified and blessed God in the furnace, saying:

29: "Blessed art thou, O Lord, God of our fathers, and to be praised and highly exalted for ever;

30: And blessed is thy glorious, holy name and to be highly praised and highly exalted for ever;

31: Blessed art thou in the temple of thy holy glory and to be extolled and highly glorified for ever.

32: Blessed art thou, who sittest upon cherubim and lookest upon the deeps, and to be praised and highly exalted for ever.

33: Blessed art thou upon the throne of thy kingdom and to be extolled and highly exalted for ever.

34: Blessed art thou in the firmament of heaven and to be sung and glorified for ever.

35: "Bless the Lord, all works of the Lord, sing praise to him and highly exalt him for ever.

36: Bless the Lord, you heavens, sing praise to him and highly exalt him for ever.

37: Bless the Lord, you angels of the Lord, sing praise to him and highly exalt him for ever.

38: Bless the Lord, all waters above the heaven, sing praise to him and highly exalt him for ever.

39: Bless the Lord, all powers, sing praise to him and highly exalt him for ever.

40: Bless the Lord, sun and moon, sing praise to him and highly exalt him for ever.

41: Bless the Lord, stars of heaven, sing praise to him and highly exalt him for ever.

42: Bless the Lord, all rain and dew, sing praise to him and highly exalt him for ever.

43: Bless the Lord, all winds, sing praise to him and highly exalt him for ever.

44: Bless the Lord, fire and heat, sing praise to him and highly exalt him for ever.

45: Bless the Lord, winter cold and summer heat, sing praise to him and highly exalt him for ever.

46: Bless the Lord, dews and snows, sing praise to him and highly exalt him for ever.

47: Bless the Lord, nights and days, sing praise to him and highly exalt him for ever.

48: Bless the Lord, light and darkness, sing praise to him and highly exalt him for ever.

49: Bless the Lord, ice and cold, sing praise to him and highly exalt him for ever.

50: Bless the Lord, frosts and snows, sing praise to him and highly exalt him for ever.

51: Bless the Lord, lightnings and clouds, sing praise to him and highly exalt him for ever.

52: Let the earth bless the Lord; let it sing praise to him and highly exalt him for ever.

53: Bless the Lord, mountains and hills, sing praise to him and highly exalt him for ever.

54: Bless the Lord, all things that grow on the earth, sing praise to him and highly exalt him for ever.

55: Bless the Lord, you springs, sing praise to him and highly exalt him for ever.

56: Bless the Lord, seas and rivers, sing praise to him and highly exalt him for ever.

57: Bless the Lord, you whales and all creatures that move in the waters, sing praise to him and highly exalt him for ever.

58: Bless the Lord, all birds of the air, sing praise to him and highly exalt him for ever.

59: Bless the Lord, all beasts and cattle, sing praise to him and highly exalt him for ever.

60: Bless the Lord, you sons of men, sing praise to him and highly exalt him for ever.

61: Bless the Lord, O Israel, sing praise to him and highly exalt him for ever.

62: Bless the Lord, you priests of the Lord, sing praise to him and highly exalt him for ever.

63: Bless the Lord, you servants of the Lord, sing praise to him and highly exalt him for ever.

64: Bless the Lord, spirits and souls of the righteous, sing praise to him and highly exalt him for ever.

65: Bless the Lord, you who are holy and humble in heart, sing praise to him and highly exalt him for ever.

66: Bless the Lord, Hananiah, Azariah, and Mishael, sing praise to him and highly exalt him for ever; for he has rescued us from Hades and saved us from the hand of death, and delivered us from the midst of the burning fiery furnace; from the midst of the fire he has delivered us.

67: Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good, for his mercy endures for ever.

68: Bless him, all who worship the Lord, the God of gods, sing praise to him and give thanks to him, for his mercy endures for ever."