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October 31, 2011
Lady Mondegreen's Hagiography
(Enter Saint George) In comes I St George, A man of courage bold.
With my great sword and spear...
Hold on a mo,' what's this I hear?
A Feast - for me,
And all the others.
I haven't had once since April.
I've had enough of
Slaying dragons, Saving maidens...
I never get the girl.
Ah here comes one now.
(Enter Saint Frideswide)
In comes I the Doctor,
Healing the blind
is all very Well, but a party Is just what I need. A chance to dress-up
should do the Trick.
(Saint George) You look a Treat, In that little black dress. But hark, who approaches? (Enter Saint Simon and Saint Jude) By George you two, You had your Feast Three days ago. Isn't that a bit greedy?
Joan and David serve tea and cake at the Patronal Jumble Sale,
Church of St Simon and St Jude, Ashley
(Saint Simon and Saint Jude) In comes I - and Me too,
St Simon and St Jude,
(-Thaddeus not Iscariot-
No traitor here you hear).
Don't ask why -
We are a pair.
We come that way,
We are hallowed
Just like you,
So let us in to Feast this day.
(Enter Saint Cecilia)
In comes I the Minstrel,
Cecilia is my name.
Don't be harsh on them Georgie lad, All the World wants our blood. We saints should stick together.
(Enter Saint Rognvald) Blood? Did someone mention blood? On my hands In other Lands. In my land the meek tremble At my very name. Rognvald! They thank me for my largesse And...
(Saint Frideswide) That sounds like fighting talk and vanity to me. You don't hear me Vaunting my cathedral.
(Saint George) There's nothing wrong With a warrior saint, But Saint Rognvald, Your credentials lack Shall we say... credibility.
(Saint Cecilia) And the way You remove Your opposition Seems extreme.
(Saint Rognvald) Never mind my method, Never mind my credibility. I've come to toast All Hallows' Eve. Let's eat.
(Enter Lady Mondegreen's Secret Gardener) In comes I the Blogger
And blending customs
Ushers in the mayflower.
At the leading edge of Time.
The Sun is set,
The Feast begun
The Saints are met,
And now -
My Play is done.
St George's Day 23 April
St Rognvald's Day 20 August
St Frideswide's Day 19 October
St Simon's and St Jude's Day 28 October
All Saints' Day 1 November
St Cecilia's Day 22 November
Icon of St Simon and St Jude, Ashley Church: painted by Julia Witbrock