THE BEGGAR (JESTER), THE PLAGUE AND THE BELL

by Antonio Gil August. 03, 2016 3780 views

Every time he moved the bell rang ☺☺

He was an amazing actor. Many people thought he was the real thing

♫♫ KINGS & BEGGARS - ALTE CLAMAT EPICURUS ♫♫

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The Shivering Beggar

Robert Graves, 1895 - 1985

 

Near Clapham village, where fields began, 

Saint Edward met a beggar man. 

It was Christmas morning, the church bells tolled, 

The old man trembled for the fierce cold. 

 

Saint Edward cried, “It is monstrous sin

A beggar to lie in rags so thin! 

An old gray-beard and the frost so keen: 

I shall give him my fur-lined gaberdine.” 

 

He stripped off his gaberdine of scarlet 

And wrapped it round the aged varlet, 

Who clutched at the folds with a muttered curse, 

Quaking and chattering seven times worse. 

 

Said Edward, “Sir, it would seem you freeze 

Most bitter at your extremities. 

Here are gloves and shoes and stockings also,

That warm upon your way you may go.” 

 

The man took stocking and shoe and glove, 

Blaspheming Christ our Saviour’s love, 

Yet seemed to find but little relief, 

Shaking and shivering like a leaf. 

 

Said the saint again, “I have no great riches, 

Yet take this tunic, take these breeches, 

My shirt and my vest, take everything, 

And give due thanks to Jesus the King.” 

 

The saint stood naked upon the snow 

Long miles from where he was lodged at Bowe, 

Praying, “O God! my faith, it grows faint! 

This would try the temper of any saint. 

 

“Make clean my heart, Almighty, I pray, 

And drive these sinful thoughts away.   

Make clean my heart if it be Thy will, 

This damned old rascal’s shivering still!” 

 

He stooped, he touched the beggar man’s shoulder; 

He asked him did the frost nip colder? 

“Frost!” said the beggar, “no, stupid lad!

’Tis the palsy makes me shiver so bad.”


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Colin Massey 11 months, 3 weeks ago

wow ,  what an amazing story and poem,  superb detailed photos to go with the story as well really enjoyed it

11 months, 3 weeks ago Edited
Antonio Gil Replied to Colin Massey 11 months, 3 weeks ago

I had already forgotten I took these pictures 😁 Thanks for making me return to them

11 months, 3 weeks ago Edited
Andreea Păpurică 4 years, 9 months ago

Absolutely amazing!

4 years, 9 months ago Edited
Antonio Gil Replied to Andreea Păpurică 4 years, 9 months ago

You're very kind Andreea. Thank you so much. ☺☺

4 years, 9 months ago Edited
Sara G 4 years, 10 months ago

:-) Love the poem..he does look like he was into his part. Awful curse, that bell!

4 years, 10 months ago Edited
Mafalda Photography 4 years, 10 months ago

bela sequencia

4 years, 10 months ago Edited
Antonio Gil Replied to Mafalda Photography 4 years, 10 months ago

Obrigado Mafalda. :-)

4 years, 10 months ago Edited
G B 4 years, 10 months ago

wow!!

4 years, 10 months ago Edited
Gillian Parsons 4 years, 10 months ago

Can't think of words to describe this one goodness me comes to mind😊

4 years, 10 months ago Edited
Antonio Gil Replied to Gillian Parsons 4 years, 10 months ago

It was really funny. And he was chasing everyone around with that hanging bell. :-)))

4 years, 10 months ago Edited
Emilia 4 years, 10 months ago
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Antonio Gil Replied to Emilia 4 years, 10 months ago

Not sure either but it was effective to blacken his tongue and face. :-)

4 years, 10 months ago Edited
Matilda Mateus 4 years, 10 months ago

Desculpa, o meu portugues nao e muito bom ... aonde e que tirou isso? Estas photos e muito expressivo.

4 years, 10 months ago Edited
Antonio Gil Replied to Matilda Mateus 4 years, 10 months ago

You can make your comments in Portuguese dear friend. I took these in a village called S. Jorge da Batalha, near where Portugal defeated Spain in one of the most famous battles in medieval times between these two countries.

4 years, 10 months ago Edited
Jay Boggess 4 years, 10 months ago

Yikes!!! I'd cross the street to stay away from someone like that!!! I guess the bell is so people will know when he's coming....Great camera work!

4 years, 10 months ago Edited
Antonio Gil Replied to Jay Boggess 4 years, 10 months ago

He was amazing and the bell kept ringing :-))))

4 years, 10 months ago Edited
Jay Boggess Replied to Antonio Gil 4 years, 10 months ago

I'd be headed away from him until I could no longer hear that bell!!!
(((Grin/Grimace)))

4 years, 10 months ago Edited
Olga Helys 4 years, 10 months ago

Just fabulous!
Like the details and the expressions on jis face

4 years, 10 months ago Edited
Antonio Gil Replied to Olga Helys 4 years, 10 months ago

He was always moving around and it was not easy to follow him. :-))

4 years, 10 months ago Edited
Marilyn Grimble 4 years, 10 months ago

Goodness me, I must get Des fitted out!

4 years, 10 months ago Edited
Antonio Gil Replied to Marilyn Grimble 4 years, 10 months ago

Hahahahahahaha. So that you know when he is approaching home. :-)))) You have to show him these pictures so that he can choose the bell model.

4 years, 10 months ago Edited
Marilyn Grimble Replied to Antonio Gil 4 years, 10 months ago

Not sure of his response - perhaps a little " tinkle, tinkle' :-)

4 years, 10 months ago Edited
Antonio Gil Replied to Marilyn Grimble 4 years, 10 months ago

LOL. ☺☺

4 years, 10 months ago Edited
Becky Brannon 4 years, 10 months ago

Great post and enjoyed how the music helped set the scene.

4 years, 10 months ago Edited
Antonio Gil Replied to Becky Brannon 4 years, 10 months ago

I try to fit them all together. Thanks dear friend

4 years, 10 months ago Edited
Ram Ya 4 years, 10 months ago

I thought he was the real deal too. That bell is really funny.
Thanks for the poem and details in these pictures.

4 years, 10 months ago Edited
Antonio Gil Replied to Ram Ya 4 years, 10 months ago

Thanks my friend. ☺☺

4 years, 10 months ago Edited
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