Saturday, January 12, 2019

Those "two exuberant fontinells"

"why hath nature given to Women two exuberant fontinells, which, like two Roes that are twinnes, feed among the Lilies, and drop milk like dew from Hermon, and hath invited that nourishment from the secret recesses, where the infant dwelt at first, up to the breast where naturally now the childe is cradled in the entertainments of love and maternall embrances; but that nature, having removed the Babe, and carried its meat after it, intends that it should be preserved by the matter and ingredients of its constitution, and have the same diet prepared with a more mature and proportionable digestion?  If nature intended them not for nourishment, I am sure it lesse intended them for pride and wantonnesse; they are needlesse excrescencies and vices of nature, unlesse employed in natures work and proper intendment."

Faith of our fathers, Mary's prayers, and Erin's saints

"Faith of our Fathers.  For England"

Faith of our Fathers!  Mary's prayers
Shall win our country back to thee;
And through the truth that comes
          from God
England shall then indeed be free.

"Faith of our Fathers.  For Ireland"

Faith of our Fathers!  Mary's prayers
Shall keep our country fast to thee;
And through the truth that comes from God
O we shall prosper and be free!

     Stanza three in the original in both cases.  Frederick W. Faber, Jesus and Mary:  or, Catholic hymns for singing and reading (London:  Richardson and Son, 1849), 135-139.  "For England":  four stanzas; "For Ireland":  seven stanzas, including, in stanza five, the line, "But Erin's Saints shall fight for us, | and keep undimmed thy blessed light."