[Loch-Ruadh] Big Black Book

Pádraig Ruad Ó Maolagáin padraig_ruad at irishbard.org
Mon Aug 21 08:26:26 PDT 2006

'Tis why, when one seeks to kiss the stone, 'tis best done after a
cleansing morning rain.  And mayhap a generous portion of poteen poured
o'er the face of itself as an offering to God.

And as to my delight at the sound of my own voice, how could it be other? 
I am, most assuredly, a bard, and my voice is both my instrument and my
stock in trade.  Doth not the archer pluck his bow?  Doth not the smith
stoke his forge and wield his hammer?  So too, then, doth the bard hold
forth with verse and prose like unto the merry streams of springtime.

Nunc est bibendum.
Politicians prefer unarmed peasants.

Achrann wrote:
> And dost thou know how the local youths wash the stone each night in honor
> of all those who seek to kiss it? ( But then again, at that point,  it's
> probably pure Guinness, so no harm done.)
>   'Tis no dance of language thou art after, bard, but fame and hidden
> barbs.  And truly, methinks thou dost delight in the sound of thy own
> voice. :)
>   Achrann
>   Protectorate of FalconRose Keep
>   (hopeful 'prentice to Padraig)
> Padraig Ruad O'Maolagain <padraig_ruad at irishbard.org> wrote:
>   I doubt not that 'twould be easier indeed to merely utter the words
> "practice, practice, pactice". But if milady would'st allow, wherein
> dwells
> the rhyme, the very dance of language, in those simply repeated words?
> Nay,
> though it pains me o'ermuch to differ with thee, yet differ I must.
> Padraig
> (Who not only kissed the Blarney Stone, but chipped off a piece to carry
> in
> his pouch)
> Achrann wrote:
>> Padraig:
>> I took a year of Olde English in order to study Beowulf in it's original
>> form, and had several clases on Chaucer & Shakespeare, but like all the
>> other languages I took, I had trouble remembering since noone around me
>> was speaking them on a daily basis. I really liked the way the Known
>> World
>> Handbook simplified it all - I thought maybe I would have an easier time
>> remembering the few simple rules it had if I kept a copy in my pocket &
>> practiced all the time. I am not the wordsmith you are Padraig -
>> besides,
>> I keep looking at what you wrote & thinking it would be easier to just
>> say
>> "practice, practice, practice!"
>> Padraig wrote:
>> Nay, verily, it should not fash thee unduly. For, look you,
>> 'tis not
>> so hard a task as't might yet be imagined, but indeed does take some
>> small
>> practice to well accomplish

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