Friday, May 27, 2005

Playing Email Catch Up: Edition 1, Volume 1, Post 2: Right Nationality, Wrong Resemblance

Gilbert Chesterton and Hillare Belloc were so great a pair of friends that people, wags mostly, used to refer to them as the Chesterbelloc. Well, one member of my third order chapter sent this little ditty composed by Hillare. However, I will remind Kevin that Chesterton is much more the match for me. Oooo, that gives me a marvelous idea for a Halloween costume. But where will I find nez pierce glasses that actually work and have black ribbons?

Okay, here it is:
Pelagius lived at Kardanoel
And taught a doctrine there
How, whether you went to heaven or to hell
It was your own affair.
It had nothing to do with the Church, my boy,
But was your own affair.
No, he didn't believe
In Adam and Eve
He put no faith therein!
His doubts began
With the Fall of Man
And he laughed at Original Sin.
With my row-ti-tow
He laughed at original sin.
Then came the bishop of old Auxerre
Germanus was his name
He tore great handfuls out of his hair
And he called Pelagius shame.
And with his stout Episcopal staff
So thoroughly whacked and banged
The heretics all, both short and tall --They rather had been hanged.
Oh he whacked them hard, and he banged them long
Upon each and all occasions
Till they bellowed in chorus, loud and strong
Their orthodox persuasions.
With my row-ti-tow
Ti-oodly-ow Their orthodox persuasions.
Now the faith is old and the Devil bold
Exceedingly bold indeed.
And the masses of doubt that are floating about
Would smother a mortal creed.
But we that sit in a sturdy youth
And still can drink strong ale
Let us put it away to infallible truth
That always shall prevail.
And thank the Lord
For the temporal sword
And howling heretics too.
And all good things
Our Christendom brings
But especially barley brew!
With my row-ti-tow
Especially barley brew! -- Hillaire Belloc

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