Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Your Wednesday Tea Break

1) This life-affirming poem by GK Chesterton:

A Ballade of Suicide

The gallows in my garden, people say,
Is new and neat and adequately tall;
I tie the noose on in a knowing way
As one that knots his necktie for a ball;
But just as all the neighbours—on the wall—
Are drawing a long breath to shout "Hurray!"
The strangest whim has seized me. . . . After all
I think I will not hang myself to-day.

To-morrow is the time I get my pay—
My uncle's sword is hanging in the hall—
I see a little cloud all pink and grey—
Perhaps the rector's mother will not call— I fancy that I heard from Mr. Gall
That mushrooms could be cooked another way—
I never read the works of Juvenal—
I think I will not hang myself to-day.

The world will have another washing-day;
The decadents decay; the pedants pall;
And H.G. Wells has found that children play,
And Bernard Shaw discovered that they squall,
Rationalists are growing rational—
And through thick woods one finds a stream astray
So secret that the very sky seems small—
I think I will not hang myself to-day.


Prince, I can hear the trumpet of Germinal,
The tumbrils toiling up the terrible way;
Even to-day your royal head may fall,
I think I will not hang myself to-day.

2) The four "editions" (ten nifty quotations each) of Everything I Needed to Know I Learned from Sherlock Holmes! which appeared early on (2005) over at The Book Den.
Volume One
Volume Two
Volume Three
Volume Four

And 3) Three instrumental classics from the 1960's. They are, in order, Love Is Blue by Paul Mauriat and orchestra; Classical Gas by Mason Williams; and from the very beginning of that rich musical decade, Walk, Don't Run by the Ventures.