Pat-a-pan; A French Christmas Carol

This is a brilliant rendition of the French carol Pat-a-pan. It is a song I’m learning in my singing lessons, and I really like it. The name is ‘onomatopoetic’ (which means its name comes from singing the sound of the instruments.)

Our baby enjoys it a lot, and I hope you do, too!

English Lyrics:

Willie, bring your little drum;
Robin, bring your flute and come;
And be merry while you play,

Tu-re-lu-re-lu,
Pat-a-pat-a-pan,
Come be merry while you play,
Let us make our Christmas gay!

When the men of olden days
To the King of Kings gave praise,
On the fife and drum did play,

Tu-re-lu-re-lu,
Pat-a-pat-a-pan,
On the fife and drum did play,
So their hearts were glad and gay!

God and man today become
More in tune than fife and drum,
So be merry while you play,

Tu-re-lu-re-lu,
Pat-a-pat-a-pan,
So be merry while you play,
Sing and dance this Christmas day!

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The Dragon and the Raven

I really liked this book because I learned a lot of interesting things, such as the fact that the Danes had shields so large that if they were fighting on a ship and had to jump overboard, they could use their shields as rafts! They were also carried from the battlefield on them if they were wounded or slain.

In this book you will… watch, with bated breath, as the Saxons and Vikings fight at the Battle of Kesteven… sail with the hero as he pursues the Danes in his ship, the Dragon… and BURST with anticipation during the Siege of Paris!

G. A. Henty set this book in France, Italy, England and Normandy during the eventful times of 870 – 901 A. D., and the reign of Saxon kings Ethelred and Alfred.

Henty used primary sources such as the Saxon Chronicles and the writings of the Abbe D’Abbon to describe the battles in England and France, as well as the memories of King Alfred’s friend and counsellor, Asser.

If you like war stories, history, historical fiction, and adventure you will probably enjoy this book.     

 

Beric the Briton

I really enjoyed G.A. Henty’s, “Beric the Briton”, because it is a treasure trove of adventure, and many parts of it actually happened.

Beric the Briton is set in Rome and Britain during the time of the Roman invasion.

If you choose to read this book, you will meet historical figures such as; the most un-Holy Roman Emperor Nero; the brave Iceni Queen, Boadicea; and a few Christians from the Catacombs. 

In this story you will also; witness the war between Boadicea and Rome, get a glimpse of life in a gladiator school, meet a lion in the arena, and hold your breath as the hero rescues a damsel in distress.

People who like war stories, history, historical fiction, and adventure would probably enjoy this book, especially if they like the main character to meet real people. 

If you would like to read this exciting story yourself, you may download it free from Project Gutenberg. 

 

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Friends

Faithful are the wounds of a friend; but the kisses of an enemy are deceitful.

Refuge can be found in the Friend Who sticketh closer than a brother.

Iron sharpeneth iron; so a man sharpeneth the countenance of his friend.

Elijah and Elisha were prophets and friends.

Naomi and Ruth were different sorts of friends.

David and Jonathan were extra-good friends.

Some friends are keeping friends, and some friends are just- there friends. 

Constellations

 

Canst thou bind the sweet influences of Pleiades,

Or loose the bands of Orion?

Number the stars; only God knows how many.

Seek Him that maketh the seven stars and Orion and

Turneth the shadow of death into the morning.

Ever testifying to the greatness of God,

Lighting the night sky,

Let the heavens declare the glory of God.

Arcturus, Orion and Pleiades were contemplated by Job.

The stars and constellations, all are named.

In Bethlehem’s sky, leading shepherds

Onwards to the Saviour.

Navigation! Ever a true guide.

Stars! One of His many glorious gifts.

Creation

Constellations and heavenly bodies were made on the 4th day.

Rest was what God did on the 7th day.

Earth was made on the 3rd day.

Adam, Eve and the animals were made on the 6th day.

The 2nd day, God made clouds and air.

In the water and air, fish and birds appeared on the 5th day.

On the 1st day, God made light.

New was the earth, and it was very good.