NNHS Newsletter -
The Ash Grove
A memory is what is left
when something happens
Edward de Bono
Dear Friends and Schoolmates,
For reasons no longer known to me, I can never think of "The Ash Grove" without remembering Carla Fine Cripps ('65) of South Australia, and the sweet, idyllic days of our childhood in the Stuart Homes Apartments and at Magruder School.
- for everything!
BONUS - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qak5Vb209Ng - The Ash Grove - Laura Wright
The Ash Grove (Welsh: Llwyn Onn) is a traditional Welsh folk song whose melody has been set to numerous sets of lyrics. The most well-known was written, in English, by John Oxenford in the 19th century.
The first published version of the tune was in 1802 in "The Bardic Museum". The book was written by Edward Jones, a harpist. About 4 years later a version with words appeared, under the name "Llwyn Onn". It tells of a sailor's love for "Gwen of Llwyn". The tune might be much older, as a similar tune appears in "The Beggar's Opera" by John Gay (1728), in the song "Cease Your Funning". In 1922 , however Kidson claimed that John Gay's tune derives from the morris dance tune "Constant Billy", which is first known in Playford's "Dancing Master".
The tune of "The Ash Grove" is used for the hymn "Let All Things Now Living" in 1939 by composer Katherine K. Davis. This hymnal version resulted in it being included on a number of Christmas albums up through the 50s; like Jan August's 1955 album "Christmas Favorites" (Mercury Records #MG 20160). It was in use as a hymnal long before the 20th century under the title "The Master Hath Come" by Sarah Doudney (1871) and has been updated since in a retelling of the nativity by Robert Cullinan as "On This Night, Most Holy" (1996). Around 1962 another song called "The Irish Free State" was written to this tune. "The Ash Grove" featured in the 1980 BBC mini-series Pride and Prejudice.
THIS WEEK'S BIRTHDAYS:
Birthday today to
Mr. Pete Robinson
Happy Birthday this week to:
13 - The late Louis "Fuzzy" Turner ('63) (deceased 09/15/12);
14 - The late Bill Brewer ('57) (deceased 08/30/12) AND Jeanette Parrish Houston ('64) of VA AND Rick Harman ('65) of VA;
16 - The late Tena Goodson Hensel (June '39) (deceased 06/09/15) AND the late Mr. John Huller ('43) (deceased 07/29/09) AND Brian Cooper of SC;
17 - The late Mr. George McIntosh (deceased - 05/04/05) AND Hugh McLawhorne ('57) AND Ed Nichols ('62) of Northern VA!
Many Happy Returns, One and All!
THIS DAY IN WWII:
|September 10, 1939 - The submarine
HMS Oxley was mistakenly sunk by the submarine
HMS Triton near
Norway and became the
Royal Navy's first loss.
September 10, 1939 -
Canada declared war on
Nazi Germany, joining the
New Zealand and
September 10, 1942 - U.S. President Franklin Roosevelt
mandated gasoline rationing as part of the U.S. wartime effort.
THIS DAY IN 1966:
|Saturday, September 10, 1966 - Drummer Robin Goodridge was born Robin James Goodridge in England.|
From My Friend, Susan, of NC - 09/09/15:
|It's okay not to be
okay, as long as you are not giving up!
Thanks so much, Susan!
Right now I have a milk mustache. I grew it on a cattle ranch, and then
glued it to my face.
(b. 05 Mar 1982)
From Catherine Schaaf-Poms of VA - 09/08/16, 2:27 PM - "Newport News Memories":
My name is Kit, and I am a cataloger at the Mariners' Museum. For the last year, two people and I have been processing about 16,000 photos of the Hampton Roads Port of Embarkation from 1942-1946, and with a very few exceptions (keepsakes, mainly) the photos show installations in the area, local civilians in various occupations, and local attractions. We are working on getting them scanned and put up online, but as I'm sure you can imagine, that volume of imagery will take a long, long time. If you are interested in seeing what little we have available so far, some are going into the Mariners' Museum blog (http://www.marinersmuseum.
We are starting to work on advance planning for an exhibit that should go up in the next few years, and I'm interested in collection local memories and recollections of the era, if anyone is around who remembers it. I've gotten some interesting stories from the NNHS website, but if you or anyone you know of might want to tell more, I'd love to hear the stories. I can be reached at email@example.com.
WOWZERONI! Thank you, Kit - what a fabulous opportunity!
From Jerry Blanchard ('62) of VA - 09/08/16:
|SAD, ISN'T IT? Thank you, Jerry!|
BONUS WHISPER SHAWL KNIT PATTERN:
http://www.redheart.co.uk/free-patterns/whisper-shawl - Whisper Shawl - "Knit in Soft Mohair yarn and a beautiful cluster stitch, this timeless style can be worn with casual or dressier fashions." - "...With soft whispers laden its leaves rustle o'er me..."
|http://www.yummly.com/recipes/leafy-greens - Leafy Greens - "Find Quick and Easy leafy greens Recipes! Choose from over 17 leafy greens recipes from sites like Epicurious and Allrecipes." - "...And wistfully searching the leafy green dome..."|
From www.ajokeaday.com - 09/07/15:
|Lady (to her doctor): "What l am
worried about is my height and not my weight."
Doctor: "Why is that?"
Lady: "According to my weight, my height should be 7 feet, 8 inches."
DATES TO REMEMBER:
http://www.nnhs65.com/requests-prayers.html - updated 09/02/16
http://nnhs.wordpress.com/ - updated 03/13/11
Y'all take good care of each other! TYPHOONS FOREVER! We'll Always Have Buckroe!
Love to all, Carol
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Carol Buckley Harty
7020 Lure Court
Fayetteville, NC 28311-9309
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Lyrics by John Oxenford (12 Aug 1812 21 Feb 1877)
The ash grove, how graceful, how plainly 'tis speaking, The wind [harp] through it playing has language for me. Whenever the light through its branches is breaking A host of kind faces is gazing on me. The friends of my childhood again are before me, Each step wakes a memory as freely I roam. With soft whispers laden its leaves rustle o'er me, The ash grove, the ash grove again [alone] is my home. My laughter is over, my step loses lightness, Old countryside measures steal soft on my ear; I only remember the past and its brightness, The dear ones I mourn [long] for again gather here. From out of the shadows their loving looks greet me And wistfully searching the leafy green dome, I find other faces fond bending to greet me, The ash grove, the ash grove alone is my home. My lips smile no more, my heart loses its lightness No dream of my future my spirit can cheer; I only can brood on the past and its brightness, The dead I have mourned are again living here. From ev'ry dark nook they press forward to meet me; I lift up my eyes to the broad leafy dome, And others are there looking downward to greet me; The ash grove, the ash grove alone is my home.
"The Ash Grove" midi courtesy of http://www.geocities.com/cigneto/thcmid/a/AshGrove1.mid - 06/19/03
"The Ash Grove" lyrics courtesy of http://www.gurman.org/ashgrove/ - 06/19/03
Image of Ash Grove courtesy of http://www.buffer.forestry.iastate.edu/Virtual_Risdal_Tour/Site_6/stop6.htm - 09/11/10 (sic)
Twig Flower Bar # 17 Divider Line clip art courtesy of http://www.angelfire.com/pa/FlaminJune/Flowerlines2.html - 02/08/10
Birthday Cake clip art courtesy of
Sarah Puckett Kressaty ('65) of
VA - 08/31/05
Thanks, Sarah Sugah!
Animated Military Flags clip art courtesy of http://www.angelfire.com/ny4/KevsGifsGalore/Patriotic.html - 06/18/03
Navy Seal clip art courtesy of http://www.onemileup.com/miniSeals.asp - 05/29/06
John Marshall High School's Justice Scale clip art courtesy of
Cheryl White Wilson (JMHS - '64) of VA - 10/13/05 (replaced 02/23/09)
Laughing Kitty courtesy of Al Farber ('64) of GA - 10/08/07