Friday, December 09, 2011

Friday FrEEbiEs: And Poems in the Public Domain

Doing a little research about public domain books and what exactly is considered public domain. It's a little confusing at times. Conclusion simplified: anything published before 1923 in the US is considered public domain. For our Friday FrEEbiE here's a poem from Mary Mollineux.

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To Her Lord
By Mary Mollineux (c. 1648–1695)

ALAS, how hard a Thing
It is to bring
Into a true Subjection Flesh and Blood,
Quietly to entertain
(And not complain) 5
Those Exercises that attend for Good!


My Life, my Joy, my Love,
If thus thou please to prove
And exercise my poor perplexèd Mind,
Teach me to wait in Fear, 10
That I may learn to hear
What Trials may attend, of any Kind:

And, guarded by thy Ray,
Walk in the Way,
That leads directly to the Throne of Grace; 15
Where in Humility,
Poor I may be
Admitted to sit down i’ th’ heav’nly Place.

And there to thee discharge
My griefs at large, 20
As to a Bosom-Friend, that bears with me,
And often passes by
Faults of Infirmity:
Alas, I cannot bear too much for thee!
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AUTHOR:Sir John Collings Squire, 1884–1958, ed.
TITLE:A Book of Women’s Verse, edited with a prefatory essay by J. C. Squire.
PUBLISHED:Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1921.
CITATION:A Book of Women’s Verse, ed. by J. C. Squire. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1921; Bartleby.com, 2011. www.bartleby.com/291
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Other FrEEbiEs
The Ballad of the White Horse (G.K Chesterton)
A Christmas Faggot (Alfred Gurney)

Definition of Faggot from the Online Dictionary:
1. a bundle of sticks or twigs, esp when bound together and used as fuel
2. (Engineering / Metallurgy) a bundle of iron bars, esp a box formed by four pieces of wrought iron and filled with scrap to be forged into wrought iron
3. (Cookery) a ball of chopped meat, usually pork liver, bound with herbs and bread and eaten fried
4. a bundle of anything
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