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Catullus 101

Multas per gentes et multa per aequora vectus

Carried through many nations and over many seas

advenio has miseras, frater, ad inferias,

I arrived, brother, for these wretched funeral rites

ut te postremo donarem munere mortis

So that I might present you with the last tribute of death

et mutam nequiquam alloquerer cinerem.

and speak in vain to silent ash,

Quandoquidem fortuna mihi tete abstulit ipsum.

Since fortune has carried away from me you in the flesh

Heu miser indigne frater adempte mihi,

Atlas, poor brother, unfairly taken away from me,

nunc tamen interea haec, prisco quae more parentum

now in the meantime, nevertheless, these things which in the ancient custom of ancestors

tradita sunt tristi munere ad inferias,

are handed over as a sad tribute to the rites

accipe fraterno multum manantia fletu,

receive, dripping much with brotherly weeping.

atque in perpetuum, frater, ave atque vale.

And forever, brother, hail and farewell.

Adonais written by Percy Bysshe Shelley (1792-1822)

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

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Sunday, October 09, 2016

I Apologize

No doubt, you have read about or heard candidates in the up-coming race for the White House continue to speak or to exhibit behavior that is a social mistake or not polite. In short, they have showcased their jungle-like behavior so unbecoming of a nation that is supposed to be civilized.

No human being is perfect, but educated and civilized human beings know up front when a faux pas falls from their lips as is the case with Mr. Trump done no doubt for dramatic performances or more importantly for political fodder. Sadly in this cycle Mr. Trump scored the highest points on the Faux Pas rating scale by achieving an A+ with distinction.

Candidates running for the highest office in the land should avoid nasty comments or the Faux pas. These embarrassing social mistakes must not become the main dish in the political food-basket being served to the electorate in return for their votes.

The aftermath of the Faux pas must be followed immediately by the apology which must be sincere. The sincerity of the apology is heard in the words used, the body-language on display and with eyes  focused on the person or persons the apology is being made to, in short no reading from a prepared script, eye-to-eye contact is the only way to deliver an apology, genuine remorse  must fall from the body ( that is from head to the toes on the feet), and a knowledge of those words that must be embedded in the apology must be spoken sincerely such words like asking for forgiveness gracefully, acknowledging that you have engaged in unacceptable behavior, admitting that the situation was your own fault, those steps you have  taken to ensure that the bad situation will never be repeated,  let you apology be exclusively for the hurt you have caused others and not be seen as the nexus of your concern being your reputation, your standing, or your status and your  reputation for this type of apology  is insincere.

The Faux Pas

"The Faux Pas" was composed in New Zealand in the summer of 2005, to capture the universal outcry when Prince Harry one of the sons of Prince Charles threw a fancy-dress ball. Unknowing to the Prince, a picture of him wearing a Nazi war symbol was taken by the paparazzi. This royal blunter caused eyebrows to be raised among the Jewish community as well as with Leaders of Commonwealth countries. They felt his behavior was not in keeping with someone who could be heir to the British Crown. This conclusion was drawn from reports carried via the dead tree and electronic media on the matter. The distraught Prince after many days of mulling over this faux pas made a royal apology. This apology is seen as a very heroic act executed by the Prince. This brought him back in good favor with the people around the globe. This serves to strengthen the notion that any sincere apology can heal wounds.

 The frivolity of youth is its charm;
Slowly fades away with the aging soul;
A fancy dress party raised the alarm;
The harried Prince, some way, has lost control.

Skeletons in the closet do have sway;
Secrets are tied to the bones in the chest;
In graveyards they no longer want to stay,
But invade young minds that want to impress.

Constant in battle are young rolling stones;
The ancestral flaws they like to expose;
Hypocrisy lies in these bags of bones,
So let’s throw a party and wear their clothes.

The stage was set for the ball of the year;
Tom, Dick and Harry wore mask in the crowd;
Common guys were not supposed to be there;
And their ragbag clothes made a Nazi cloud.

The commoners’ streets are not paved with gold;
So the hair comes down in any spotlight.
Top of the line, comes from a different mould,
So a faux pas is very impolite.

 In the lens, paparazzi shoot the Crown;
No vetted shots, from them, for royal folks,
Who throughout the country they bring renown;
This mystic feeling, royalty evokes.

Mistakes are made so old folks reprimand,
But with every error something is learnt.
History as a core, not taught in England!
So youth do not know what folks Hitler burnt.

How well one seeks to correct every wrong,
Indicates the true measure of the man;
So you eat humble pie, to make you strong,
And reflect on the way it all began.

Sunday, September 18, 2016

Be Thou My Vision (4 Him - Lyrics (Celtic Version)

Be Thou My Vision                                                 Sing along with the Video below

Be Thou my vision, O Lord of my heart;                                                      
Naught be all else to me, save that Thou art
Thou my best Thought, by day or by night
Waking or sleeping, Thy presence my light

Be Thou my wisdom, and Thou my true word;
I ever with Thee and Thou with me Lord;
Thou my Great Father, and I Thy true Son;
Thou in me dwelling, and I with Thee one.

Riches I need not, nor man's empty praise,
Thou mine Inheritance, now and always:
Thou and Thou only, first in my heart,
High King of Heaven, my treasure Thou art.

Be Thou my vision, O Lord of my heart;
Naught be all else to me, save that Thou art.
Thou my best Thought, by day and by night,
Waking or sleeping, Thy presence my light.

High King of Heaven, my victory won,
May I reach Heaven's joy, bright Heaven's Sun!
Heart of my own heart, whatever befall,
Still be my vision, O Ruler of all.

Still be my vision, O Ruler of all.


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Anthem 1

Māori Version

E Ihowā Atua,
O ngā iwi mātou rā
Āta whakarangona;
Me aroha noa
Kia hua ko te pai;
Kia tau tō atawhai;
Manaakitia mai

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Iwi Māori, Pākehā,
Rūpeke katoa,
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Ki te ao katoa
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Ngā tutū e tata mai;
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Ko te ao mārama;
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Tōna noho, tāna tū;
Iwi nō Ihowā.
Kaua mōna whakamā;
Kia hau te ingoa;
Kia tū hei tauira;

English Version

God of Nations at Thy feet,
In the bonds of love we meet,
Hear our voices, we entreat,
God defend our free land.
Guard Pacific's triple star
From the shafts of strife and war,
Make her praises heard afar,
God defend New Zealand.

Men of every creed and race,
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God defend our free land.
From dissension, envy, hate,
And corruption guard our state,
Make our country good and great,
God defend New Zealand.

Peace, not war, shall be our boast,
But, should foes assail our coast,
Make us then a mighty host,
God defend our free land.
Lord of battles in Thy might,
Put our enemies to flight,
Let our cause be just and right,
God defend New Zealand.

Let our love for Thee increase,
May Thy blessings never cease,
Give us plenty, give us peace,
God defend our free land.
From dishonour and from shame,
Guard our country's spotless name,
Crown her with immortal fame,
God defend New Zealand.

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Guide her in the nations' van,
Preaching love and truth to man,
Working out Thy glorious plan,
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God save our gracious Queen,
Long live our noble Queen,
God save The Queen.
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Happy and glorious,
Long to reign over us:
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