“Thou angel of God who hast charge of me, [be] round about me this night,” … More Guarded and Guided
“A merry Christmas, and a very good year to you;Luck and health to the whole household,Life, pleasantness and sprightliness to you together,Peace and love between men and women;Goods and riches, stock and store.Plenty of potatoes and herring enough;Bread and cheese, butter and beef.Sleeping safely when you are in bed,Undisturbed by the flea’s tooth, sleeping well.” In … More A Very Good Year To You
As an undergraduate, we’d read Edmund Spencer’s The Faerie Queene. The professor explained how the Red Cross Knight represented St. George, the patron saint of England, and his defeat of the dragon represented the triumph of British Protestantism over the presumed errors of ‘superstitious’ Catholicism. Twenty years later I found myself in an Orthodox church … More King Under the Mountain: St. George of England
In 1887, Lady Wilde published Ancient Legends, Mystic Charms, and Superstitions of Ireland. Here is one of those selections,”A Prayer Against The Plague:”Poem? Prayer? Charm? Superstition? I’ll let you decide.