Thesis? What thesis?

January 27, 2007 at 5:07 am (Uncategorized)

“Yet in vain a paynim foe
Armed with fate the mighty blow:
For when he fell, the Elfin queen,
All in secret and unseen,
O’er the fainting hero threw
Her mantle of ambrosial blue,
And bade her spirits bear him far,
In Merlin’s agate-axled car,
To her green isle’s enamelled steep,
Far in the navel of the deep.
O’er his wounds she sprinkled dew
From flowers that in Arabia grew.
. . . . . .
There he reigns a mighty king,
Thence to Britain shall return,
If right prophetic rolls I learn,
Borne on victory’s spreading plume,
His ancient sceptre to resume,
His knightly table to restore,
And brave the tournaments of yore.”

Thomas Warton

The Grave of King Arthur

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Ahem — sorry, I had to scrape the bile off my tongue.  That poem makes me throw up in my mouth a little.

Hey, while you guys are all surfing blogland, you’re missing out on a chance to own the find of a lifetime. Where else can you get a Bronze Age ceramic figure (discovered next to King Arthur’s body in Glastonbury Tor) haunted by the spirit of a Druid priest named Perrin — for only $9.99 plus shipping?

Hey, don’t blame me, blame the cold medicine.  I can’t believe they took Sudafed out of all the stores and left this Alka Seltzer cold and flu fizzy stuff lying around.  Whu.  I feel sorry for the students whose papers I’ve graded tonight.

Well, back to grading and sniffling.  I hope Perrin and the spirit of King Arthur are still waiting for me when I get back.

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