Middle English Love Poetry

Bitwene March and Averil,

When spray biginneth to springe

The litel foult hath hire wil,

On hyre lede to synge.

Ich live in love-longing,

For seemliest of alle thynge,

She may me blisse bringe,

Ich am in hire baundoun

A hendy hap Ichave y-hent

Ichot from hevene it is me sent,

From alle women my love is lent

And light on Alysoun.

—British Library MS Harley 2253—

http://d.lib.rochester.edu/camelot/text/fein-harley2253-volume-2-article-29


Sanders, Andrew. The Short Oxford History of English Literature. 2nd Edition. (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2000), 47.

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A Word to the Believer

I want to focus on the Believer, in these Last Days; the role that Messiah has given us, through Abba Father, in John 17. It is a beautiful prayer that confers power and love upon His disciples. It is the prayer that unites us.

Be of good courage.

17 These words spake Jesus, and lifted up his eyes to heaven, and said, Father, the hour is come; glorify thy Son, that thy Son also may glorify thee:

As thou hast given him power over all flesh, that he should give eternal life to as many as thou hast given him.

And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent.

I have glorified thee on the earth: I have finished the work which thou gavest me to do.

And now, O Father, glorify thou me with thine own self with the glory which I had with thee before the world was.

I have manifested thy name unto the men which thou gavest me out of the world: thine they were, and thou gavest them me; and they have kept thy word.

Now they have known that all things whatsoever thou hast given me are of thee.

For I have given unto them the words which thou gavest me; and they have received them, and have known surely that I came out from thee, and they have believed that thou didst send me.

I pray for them: I pray not for the world, but for them which thou hast given me; for they are thine.

10 And all mine are thine, and thine are mine; and I am glorified in them.

11 And now I am no more in the world, but these are in the world, and I come to thee. Holy Father, keep through thine own name those whom thou hast given me, that they may be one, as we are.

12 While I was with them in the world, I kept them in thy name: those that thou gavest me I have kept, and none of them is lost, but the son of perdition; that the scripture might be fulfilled.

13 And now come I to thee; and these things I speak in the world, that they might have my joy fulfilled in themselves.

14 I have given them thy word; and the world hath hated them, because they are not of the world, even as I am not of the world.

15 I pray not that thou shouldest take them out of the world, but that thou shouldest keep them from the evil.

16 They are not of the world, even as I am not of the world.

17 Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth.

18 As thou hast sent me into the world, even so have I also sent them into the world.

19 And for their sakes I sanctify myself, that they also might be sanctified through the truth.

20 Neither pray I for these alone, but for them also which shall believe on me through their word;

21 That they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me.

22 And the glory which thou gavest me I have given them; that they may be one, even as we are one:

23 I in them, and thou in me, that they may be made perfect in one; and that the world may know that thou hast sent me, and hast loved them, as thou hast loved me.

24 Father, I will that they also, whom thou hast given me, be with me where I am; that they may behold my glory, which thou hast given me: for thou lovedst me before the foundation of the world.

25 O righteous Father, the world hath not known thee: but I have known thee, and these have known that thou hast sent me.

26 And I have declared unto them thy name, and will declare it: that the love wherewith thou hast loved me may be in them, and I in them.

There She Goes (Again)

Some things, though not particularly important, remain curiously inexplicable. Like how Carolyn remains my favourite Franklin? By some strange happen-stance, I have retained a soft spot for her. Is it because she sings with child-like candour of her frailty, swinging as she does from sharp to flat?  Is it because she was destined to be overshadowed … and underrated? Is it because her life was cut too short? Or does it, perchance, feed into my own paternalistic penchant to temper the ‘overzealous child’? Maybe it’s all those things and that she was fabulous. She’s someone I never met but perhaps always knew. If I had met her, I would — like an annoying father perhaps — have told her to stop yelling into the mic. And, I would have told her that God loves her and that so do I. But there you go.

Amen

Did a man called Jesus the Christ really exist? Did he perform miracles? Was he persecuted for his words and deeds? Was he merely misunderstood? Is he the son of God? Is he an extension of astrotheology? Are you confused?

Perhaps, perhaps, perhaps…

Fear not and just believe I say. For what have you got to lose? And ye have much to gain.

But non-believers – they have much to lose in their analysing and re-analysis and argument.

For non-believers have never been accused of knowing too little.

Nay; rather they suffer from too little faith.

The distinction is in the mind-set. The distinction is critical. The distinction is real.

For the distinction creates a paradigm shift and alters the way one views the world.

And those that belittle and criticise and disparage Christianity, they themselves really suffer the very same complex of Satan.

The complex I speak of is that of self-pride. Pride is the complex of non-believers; it is the complex of the fallen.

A little faith goes a long way; by moving self-pride out of the equation.

It need not be complicated. It’s really very simple.

And that’s it….

And so be it.