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Poem “Are Ravens Ravenous?”

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Are ravens as ravenous,[1]

as a lion and lioness,

with prey at last

after a long fast,

their cubs

and pride

waiting eagerly

alongside?

Will the least,

of the beasts

still get a feast?

peterkrey 25. February, 2012


[1] Actually, “ravenous” is not derived from the raven, although the birds eat a lot. “Ravenous” comes from the Latin, like “rape” and “rapine,” while “raven” comes from the old English word hræfn.

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February 26, 2012 at 11:27 pm

Love Poem: “I Say to You, I Say to You, Come with Me, I’d Love You To “

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Sorrows leave!

No longer will I grieve!

Into the meadow let us go –

where the heather and the flowers grow.

In the blossoms, we can play!

Shining flowers will show the way.

Lover of mine,

I say to you, I say to you,

Come with me,

I want you to.

No longer do you have to grieve,

a flower garland you can weave,

Wearing it with you I’ll dance,

O Sweetheart, O pure romance.

Such a proud man I’ll be,

attending my woman faithfully.

Lover of mine,

I say to you, I say to you,

Come with me,

I’d love you to.

In Middle High German:

Ich wil trûren varen lân;
vf die heide sul wir gân,
vil liebe gespilen mîn!
da seh wir der blumen schîn.

Ich sage dir, ih sage dir,
mîn geselle, chum mit mir!

Suoziv Minne, raine Min,
mache mir ein chrenzelîn!
daz sol tragen ein stolzer man;
der wol wiben dienen chan!

Ich sage dir, ih sage dir,
mîn geselle, chum mit mir!

 

Übersetzung:
Nicht mehr will ich trauern.
Auf die Heide wollen wir gehen;
spielen und lieblich plaudern,
viele Blumen wollen wir sehen.

Ich sage dir, ich sage dir,
mein Geliebter, komm mit mir!

Süßes Schätzchen, Liebchen mein,
mache mir ein Kränzchen fein!
Das soll tragen ein stolzer Mann ,
der seine Frau echt lieben kann!

Ich sage dir, ich sage dir,
meine Geliebte, komm mit mir!

From the  Carmina Burana Poems of the 13. Century

I found the Middle High German and this modern German translation in the web site, Liebesgedichte des Mittlealters .  There are more Medieval Love poems there.

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February 14, 2012 at 2:19 am

Love Poem: A Twitter Tweet Valentine!

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In medieval times of yore

a falcon bore

messages of my love to you.

O my sweet,

Here’s a twitter tweet

to reiterate

my love of late.

peterkrey: February 13, 2012

If you like this one, see three more German love poems.

Also see more love poems: “Were this Whole World Mine.”

Also see “Love Poem: I say to you, I say to you.”

And for a real favorite, see “Du Bist Mein, ich Bin Dein”

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February 13, 2012 at 8:19 pm

Our New Website is Accepting Submissions at No Cost to the Author

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Scholardarity.com, a new e-publishing website for scholars, is now publishing papers for free!

Jason Zarri and I, as co-founders of Scholardarity.com, are happy to announce that we are now accepting submissions. Subscribe now and publish your work free of charge. You can choose whether to sell your work or make it available for free. This promotional offer lasts only until June 2nd. We invite you to subscribe to Scholardarity, and put your writing to work for you!

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February 4, 2012 at 1:39 am

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Valentine’s Day Rhyme from German Love Poem

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If you pine for a rhyme

for your Valentine,

use this poem of mine:

A Valentine from 2009

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February 1, 2012 at 10:24 pm

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Science and the Hidden versus the Revealed God

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This essay I published in Scholardarity derives from a rereading of Luther’s Bondage of the Will. Could evolution be the way God created life on this planet? Luther states that the hidden God has done and does things that are not revealed to us in Scriptures. Does science uncover more of the hidden actions of God and does God smile because humanity is coming of age? Honest to God, is our God too small? See Science and the Hidden versus the Revealed God.

Another essay called “The Garden of Eden: Eternity in Time” is about to be published in Scholadarity as well. It follows the reading of the Dobzhansky’s Biology of Ultimate Concern and this one about Science and the Revealed and Hidden God.

I believe that the naturalism and materialism rampant among some scientists has robbed many of their faith. It is especially mistaken to place the ultimate concern of faith on the same level as scientific knowledge, because from the get go, methodologically science operates by the exclusion of God as an explanation of natural events. When a methodology makes a claim to the totality of reality, it becomes problematic for faith but also undermines other valid human disciplines. “There are more things in heaven and earth, than are dreamt of in science,” to quote Shakespeare (for my purposes).

But science has the big bang theory (for the origin of the universe), the theory of evolution (for  the origin of life), and an expanded view of natural and human realities in this universe that can become tantamount to a religious narrative for existence. But it remains a blind scientific method that does not provide meaning and purpose for life. Science left to itself undermines its own enterprise in its search for truth, because the source of human values does not come from science.

Book Review: Dobzhansky, The Biology of Ultimate Concern and Other Issues between Science and Religion

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This essay of mine in Scholardarity goes beyond being a book review. I am struggling with a way to affirm evolution, but not allowing it to undermine faith. A Book Review: Dobzhansky, The Biology of Ultimate Concern and Other Issues between Science and Religion. It proceeds to Pierre Teilhard de Chardin and his evolutionary theology. But in the essays that follow this one, I will also use Nicholas Berdyaev, a Russian Christian existentialist philosopher, to modify evolutionary theology, which really does not take account the the Fall.