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B&P’s Shadorma and Beyond – A Hymn – December 26, 2015

Hello World!

Today is the Feast of Saint Stephen in the Catholic calendar of festivities … though we may not be Catholic, we remember this holiday in one of the best-loved Christmas songs of all times …

The hymn’s lyrics take the form of five eight-line stanzas in four-stress lines. Each stanza has an ABABCDCD rhyme scheme. Lines 1, 3, 5, and 7 end in single-syllable (so-called masculine) rhymes, and lines 2, 4, 6, and 8 with two-syllable (“feminine”) rhymes.

Good King Wenceslas looked out,
on the Feast of Stephen,
When the snow lay round about,
deep and crisp and even;
Brightly shone the moon that night,
tho’ the frost was cruel,
When a poor man came in sight,
gath’ring winter fuel.

John Mason Neale (1853)

So, I thought we’d try our hand at writing a poem inspiring ourselves with this lovely “classical” form which we’ll call a hymn … and what can we use to inspire ourselves … well, now that we’re officially at the beginning of winter, why not think a head a little, to spring!


Spring is coming by Eredel

Photo credits:  Deviant Art (Eredel)

Of course if you wish to use your own art work, or perhaps some music to inspire you that would be great, and if you prefer you may write a shadorma in place of the form chosen today. If you do use the above photo, please don’t forget to add the Photo Credits.

Once you’ve completed your poem please link with us and then add your post coordinates to the Mr. Linky app, we’d also ask you to tag your work:  B&P’s Shadorma and Beyond as well as Mindlovemisery’s Menagerie!

Have fun and I want to wish you a very Happy New Year!  Bastet


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I love to read...I like to write...I've travelled the world and seen the sites. I'm past my prime and feel so young, especially when near the young. I'm writing this blog, to remember, to think and to share...with the hopes that someone else will make a comment that will stimulate new thoughts and pathways. Actually, I'm a gabber, so the logical extension of gabbing is blogging! ;-)

16 comments on “B&P’s Shadorma and Beyond – A Hymn – December 26, 2015

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  2. tale weaver/ing (phylor)
    December 26, 2015

    Due to copyright issues, the video won’t play here. Had that problem with Loreena’s material myself.
    Shadorma is words that appeared in my mind, rhyming all the way.
    All the best in 2016.


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  7. writersdream9
    December 28, 2015

    It wasn’t hard to picture Spring as temps here are in the 70’s! Crazy weather! I only did one stanza but I think I followed the form. Hope everyone’s holidays are nice!

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    • Bastet
      December 29, 2015

      I know what you mean about the weather … bizarre is the word … Your poem was great though and I enjoyed it very much! Happy New Year to you too Carol.

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  8. Paloma
    December 29, 2015

    Happy New Year!
    Great post 🙂
    Folks can try this link to hear the song: http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x8njce_good-king-wenceslas-loreena-mckenni_music

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    • Bastet
      December 29, 2015

      Thanks Paloma, and thanks for the link, I’m thinking the YouTube video was only for outside the U.S.?


      • Paloma
        December 29, 2015

        Perhaps … I’ve run into the issue before too … it’s frustrating isn’t it? Some artists are more troublesome than others when it comes to permissions …


      • Bastet
        December 29, 2015

        I’m thinking it’s more the music publishers actually …


      • Paloma
        December 29, 2015

        True …!

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  9. Rall
    December 30, 2015

    Thanks for this prompt Georgia. Rhyming is so difficult for me but like eating your greens …very good for you. Thanks to both you and Jen for some great prompts including the various poetic forms. Greatly appreciated. A Happy New Year to you and all the others at MLMM


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