Sunday, 1 December 2013

Trouble with Apples

We're hoping Burton Dasset will come in from the cold some time.

It was a lovely Advent Carol service. We sang "O Come All Ye Faithful", "While Shepherds Watched" and "Just a Song at Twilight". But the one that did for Burton was "Adam Lay Ybounden".

His brain just went into a logic loop. He couldn't work the causality out. His confusion between cause and effect ended up with him staggering weakly out of the door - as opposed to his trips to the White Horse, when he staggers weekly out the door.

He's still out there, going "But if eating the apple was good, then how can it be bad? And if it wasn't bad then why did we need a Saviour? But if we didn't have a Saviour, then eating the apple wasn't good. But how can the apple be bad if it gave us a Saviour...."

I think I'll leave the latch off the Doily Shed door. He's going to need somewhere to sleep tonight, and we're not leaving the Big House open.

Adam lay ybounden,
   Bounden in a bond;
Four thousand winter
   Thought he not too long.
And all was for an apple,
   An apple that he took,
As clerkës finden written
   In their book.
Nor had one apple taken been,
   The apple taken been,
Then had never Our Lady
  A-been heaven's queen.
Blessed be the time
   That apple taken was.
Therefore we may singen
   Deo gratias!

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