Archive for November 26th, 2014

Ye shall make you no idols nor graven image,

neither rear you up a standing image,

neither shall ye set up any image of stone in your land,

to bow down unto it:

for I am the LORD your God.    Lev 26.1

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For Nov. 26

Z.  Zippers – glad they were invented, later Velcro but it does not fully replace the Z.



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The buildings that line the road to hell

Are not all brothels and bars –        

Some are false “houses of God.”

– eab, 4/20/09

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Bronze man standing plum and tall,

To his back, a square, squat, squaw;

On her back, in his round rack

Sat a silent papoose – fat.

These three specimens, native race,

Came on that day face to face,

With Christian man, and Christian grace.

– eab, 11/26/69

* I assigned my HSBC students (had class ON Thanksgiving Day that year) to write a Thanksgiving poem; this is what I wrote during the time they were writing.

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William Cowper was born 11/26/1731 at Hertfordshire, England.  Cowper (pronounced “Cooper”) was influential in both “secular” and religious poetry in spite of his bouts with depression (was institutionalized).  Eventually he moved to Olney where he collaborated with John Newton (who penned “Amazing Grace”) in _Olney Hymns_ contributing sixty-seven of them.  He and Newton were neighbors, sharing a back fence.  He died 4/25/1800.

Probably his greatest hymn is “There Is a Fountain Filled with Blood”

There is a fountain fill’d with blood

Drawn from EMMANUEL’s veins;

And sinners, plung’d beneath that flood,

Lose all their guilty stains.


Cowper Quotes:

“GOD moves in a mysterious way, His wonders to perform; He plants his footsteps in the sea, And rides upon the storm.”

 “God made the country, and man made the town.”

“Variety’s the very spice of life…”

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