12/26/13 - NNHS Newsletter -
Happy Boxing Day!
getting bigger and bigger (Boxing Day) because of the gift card
- John Winter
Dear Friends and Schoolmates,
Let's pretend we all celebrate this day.
BONUS #1 -
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=11GlNvi7hPY&NR=1 - Good King Wenceslas
- The Irish Rovers
BONUS #2 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aVob4l5m4Ps - Good King Wenceslas - Choir of Westminster Abbey
BONUS #3 -
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KdNcaO1iqsQ - Good King Wenceslas -
BONUS #4 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l4MWOpEXe5w - Good King Wenceslas - Yorkminster, 1995
BONUS #5 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=00LnEtjLj58 - Good King Wenceslas - Loreena McKennitt
BONUS #6 - Good King Wenceslas - Mannheim Steamroller, 1984
BONUS #7 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bXIh-4FqYXk - Good King Wenceslas - Mormon Tabernacle Choir
http://www.ehow.com/how_11775_celebrate-boxing-day.html - How to Celebrate Boxing Day
"Good King Wenceslas" is a popular Christmas carol that tells a story of Good King Wenceslas braving harsh winter weather to give alms to a poor peasant on the Feast of Stephen (the second day of Christmas, December 26). During the journey, his page is about to give up the struggle against the cold weather, but is enabled to continue by following the king's footprints, step for step, through the deep snow. The legend is based on the life of the historical Saint Wenceslaus I, Duke of Bohemia or Svatý Václav in Czech (907–935).
In 1853, English hymnwriter John Mason Neale wrote the "Wenceslas" lyrics, in collaboration with his music editor Thomas Helmore, and the carol first appeared in Carols for Christmas-Tide, 1853. Neales' lyrics were set to a tune based on a 13th century spring carol "Tempus adest floridum" ("The time is near for flowering") first published in the 1582 Finnish song collection Piae Cantiones.
Wenceslas was considered a martyr and a saint immediately after his death in the 10th century, when a cult of Wenceslas grew up in Bohemia and in England. Within a few decades of Wenceslas's death four biographies of him were in circulation. These hagiographies had a powerful influence on the High Middle Ages conceptualization of the rex justus, or "righteous king"—that is, a monarch whose power stems mainly from his great piety, as well as from his princely vigor.
Referring approvingly to these hagiographies, the chronicler Cosmas of Prague, writing in about the year 1119, states:
But his deeds I think you know better than I could tell you; for, as is read in his Passion, no one doubts that, rising every night from his noble bed, with bare feet and only one chamberlain, he went around to God’s churches and gave alms generously to widows, orphans, those in prison and afflicted by every difficulty, so much so that he was considered, not a prince, but the father of all the wretched.
Several centuries later the legend was claimed as fact by Pope Pius II, who himself also walked ten miles barefoot in the ice and snow as an act of pious thanksgiving.
Although Wenceslas was, during his lifetime, only a duke, Holy Roman Emperor Otto I posthumously "conferred on [Wenceslas] the regal dignity and title" and that is why, in the legend and song, he is referred to as a "king". The usual English spelling of Duke Wenceslas's name, Wenceslaus, is occasionally encountered in later textual variants of the carol, although it was not used by Neale in his version. Wenceslas is not to be confused with King Wenceslaus I of Bohemia (Wenceslaus I Premyslid), who lived more than three centuries later.
The tune is that of "Tempus adest floridum" ("It is time for flowering"), a 13th-century spring carol first published in the Finnish song book Piae Cantiones in 1582. Piae Cantiones is a collection of seventy-four songs compiled by Jaakko Suomalainen, the Protestant headmaster of Turku Cathedral School, and published by Theodoric Petri, a young Catholic printer. The book is a unique document of European songs intended not only for use in church, but also schools, thus making the collection a unique record of secular (as opposed to sacred), children's songs of the late medieval period.
A text beginning substantially the same as the 1582 "Piae" version is also found in the German manuscript collection Carmina Burana as CB 142, where it is substantially more carnal; CB 142 has clerics and virgins playing the "game of Venus" (goddess of love) in the meadows, while in the Piae version they are praising the Lord from the bottom of their hearts.
The text of Neale's carol bears no relationship to the words of "Tempus Adest Floridum". In or around 1853, G. J. R. Gordon, Queen Victoria's envoy and minister in Stockholm, gave a rare copy of the 1582 edition of Piae Cantiones to English hymnwriter John Mason Neale, Warden of Sackville College, East Grinstead, Sussex and to the Reverend Thomas Helmore (Vice-Principal of St. Mark's College, Chelsea). The book was entirely unknown in England at that time. Neale translated some of the carols and hymns, and in 1853, he and Helmore published twelve carols in Carols for Christmas-tide (with music from Piae Cantiones). In 1854, they published a dozen more in Carols for Easter-tide and it was in these collections that Neale's original hymn was first published.
John Mason Neale published the carol "Good King Wenceslas" in 1853, although he may have written his carol some time earlier, since he carried on the legend of St. Wenceslas (the basis of this story) in his Deeds of Faith (1849). Neale was known for his devotion to High Church traditions. According to older Czech sources, Neale's lyrics are a translation of a poem by Czech poet Václav Alois Svoboda, written in Czech, German and Latin.
The hymn's lyrics take the form of five eight-line stanzas in four-stress lines. Each stanza has an ABABCDCD rhyme scheme with the even-numbered lines ending in two-syllable (so-called "feminine") rhymes. In the musical setting the usually unstressed final syllables in these two-syllable rhymes (e.g. Stephen/even) are prolonged as two half-notes (British "minims") bulking each of these lines out to the requisite four stresses. Musically speaking, each line comprises two 4/4 measures.
Neale's words are now in the public domain.* MIDI recording of the melody "Tempus Adest Floridum".
Academics tend to be critical of Neale's textual substitution. H. J. L. J. Massé wrote in 1921:
Why, for instance, do we tolerate such impositions as "Good King Wenceslas?" The original was and is an Easter Hymn...it is marked in carol books as "traditional", a delightful word which often conceals ignorance. There is nothing traditional in it as a carol.
A similar sentiment is expressed by the editors (Percy Dearmer, Martin Shaw and Ralph Vaughan Williams) in the 1928 Oxford Book of Carols, which is even more critical of Neale's carol.
This rather confused narrative owes its popularity to the delightful tune, which is that of a Spring carol...Unfortunately Neale in 1853 substituted for the Spring carol this Good King Wenceslas, one of his less happy pieces, which E. Duncan goes so far as to call "doggerel", and Bullen condemns as "poor and commonplace to the last degree". The time has not yet come for a comprehensive book to discard it; but we reprint the tune in its proper setting...not without hope that, with the present wealth of carols for Christmas, Good King Wenceslas may gradually pass into disuse, and the tune be restored to spring-time.
Elizabeth Poston, in the Penguin Book of Christmas Carols, referred to it as the "product of an unnatural marriage between Victorian whimsy and the thirteenth-century dance carol". She goes on to detail how Neale's "ponderous moral doggerel" does not fit the light-hearted dance measure of the original tune, and that if performed in the correct manner "sounds ridiculous to pseudo-religious words"......
This is far more history than I usually print, but I got such a kick out of it! Back in 1952, my mama, the late Maxine Frix Buckley (John Marshall HS - '25) (19 May 1908 - 15 Feb 1999) gave my sister, Eleanor (Buckley Nowitzky - '59 - of NC) and me a large pamphlet of Christmas carols, which we both loved. (No, we don't still own it, but I was able to locate one on eBay which has the same inner pages, albeit with a different cover.) This carol was included in it, and I really liked it. Mama apparently did not like this song any more than the above mentioned Ms. Poston did, though for a different reason. As far as I could ever learn, her main objection to it was the double octave jump in the last three notes - the very thing I thought was so super exciting!
Similarly she had some aversion to "Bring a Torch, Jeanette, Isabella" which we both adored - no reason, just her policy! She was the coolest!
Hey, maybe she would have preferred this version: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AgovLfJZ6kk - Good King Wenceslas - Horrible Histories
THIS WEEK'S BIRTHDAYS:
Happy Birthday tomorrow to Anita Morgan Becker ('66) of VA!
Happy Birthday this week to:
28 - Bob Stalnaker ('63);
29 - Roy Tate ('57) AND Ginny Goolsby James ('63) AND Kenny Lipscomb ('63) of VA AND Michael Artman ('66) of VA;
30 - William Gwynn ('57) AND Ron Miller ('59) of NC AND Carole Althaus Tanenhaus ('65) of MD AND Joyce Tedder Rossman ('68) of PA AND Sarah Stewart Vance ('69) of VA;
31 - Pat Floyd Pride ('62) of VA AND Susie Overton Jones ('63) of VA AND David Rosenwasser ('64) of MO;
01 - Gloria Hand Burns ('57) AND Bill Fitzgerald ('58) of VA!
Many Happy Returns to You All!
THIS DAY IN WWII:
December 26, 1943 - The German warship Scharnhorst was sunk off of Norway's North Cape after a battle against major Royal Navy forces.
December 26, 1944 - George S. Patton's Third Army broke the encirclement of surrounded U.S. forces at Bastogne, Belgium.
THIS DAY IN1962:
Thursday, December 26, 1963 -
The Beatles' "I
Want to Hold Your Hand" and "I
Saw Her Standing There" were released in the United States, marking
the beginning of Beatlemania on an international level.
Thursday, December 26, 1963 - Wrestler George Wagner, "Gorgeous George" (born George Raymond Wagner on 24 Mar 1915 in Butte, Nebraska), died in California two days after suffering a heart attack at the age of 48. His health was further compromised by a serious liver condition and failed finances (due to bad investments).
From My Friend, Adrienne, of UT - 12/25/13 - "Tell Someone...":
From http://www.SelfGrowth.com - 12/23/13 - "Holly Jolly Holiday Tips":
By Carolyn C. Bates
Are your holidays filled with loneliness? Do
the days just feel like a lot of work? Is the meaning of the holidays
lost? Has this just happened now that your children are out of the house
and maybe you have been on your own for awhile? Holidays are definitely
one of the most difficult times of the year, especially as we live out
the last quarter of our lives.
From George Helliesen ('61) of MI - 12/20/13 - "One Word Essays (#6 in a Series of 28)":
|As they say, a picture is worth a thousand words.
Neat things in life!
May your troubles be less,
May your blessings be more;
May nothing but happiness come through your door!!
Thanks so much, George! These are cool!
|"At this joyous season, may personal discords be
forgotten and animosities healed. May enjoyment of the season
include remembrance of the needy and afflicted. May our forgiveness
reach out to those who have wronged us, even as we hope to be
forgiven. May goodness abound in our hearts and love prevail in our
- Thomas S. Monson (b. 21 Aug 1927)
BONUS CROCHET PATTERNS (Sorry; not theme-related):
Cat's Ladybug, Beret and Scarf Set - "This
is one of the cutest designs you will ever see. With this free crochet
pattern you can make a matching crochet ladybug beret and scarf set. 8
ply yarn is used for the cutest look ever."
http://cats-rockin-crochet.blogspot.com/2011/08/crochet-crocodile-stitch-adult-hat.html - Cat's Crocodile Stitch Adult Hat
http://www.favecrafts.com/Crochet-Bags/Easy-Paolo-Purse - Cari Clement's Colorful Paolo Purse - "This is an easy free crochet bag pattern that you will love to have for yourself. Double crochet and single crochet is used for this pattern. It can hold your hooks or other small items."
BONUS RECIPES (Sorry; not theme-related):
- Crowd Pleasing Vegetable Casserole -
"Finding good pot luck recipes for a crowd is a difficult task,
especially when you are dealing with picky eaters. With
Crowd-Pleasing Vegetable Casserole you'll impress everyone, both
kids and adults. You can use your favorite frozen vegetable mix to
suit your friends' and family's tastes. Creamy and delicious, it
will become a party favorite. Bring it to your next pot luck and
watch as it is the first to be eaten."
http://www.the-girl-who-ate-everything.com/2008/10/scotcheroos.html - Better Than Anything Scotcheroos - "Scotcheroos, if you aren't familiar, are like a cousin of the more famous Rice Krispy Treat. Made with chocolate, peanut butter and butterscotch, this recipe for Better Than Anything Scotcheroos is positively addictive. Once you take a bite of this indulgent dessert, you'll find it hard not to have a second or a third piece. That's how you know you've found one of the best dessert bar recipes out there... you just can't stop eating them!"
http://www.recipelion.com/Bars/No-Bake-Hillbilly-Scotcheroos/ml/1 - No Bake Hillbilly Scotcheroos - "No bake cookie recipes are great when you need something for dessert and fast. No Bake Hillbilly Scotheroos are a quick-fix treat that are ready in minutes and also budget friendly. It doesn't get much better than that. Made with chocolate and peanut butter, every bite is absolutely incredible. Share these at your next party and impress all of your guests."
FINALLY:From http://www.ajokeaday.com - 12/24/12:
|A man and his wife were
sitting at the kitchen table, which was next to the window.
The man's name was Rudolph, and as he was Russian, people called him "Rudolph the Red."
Rudolph looked out the window and said to his wife, "Oh look, honey, it's raining outside."
She looked out as well and said, "No, I think that is snow."
He looked at her and said, "Rudolph the Red knows rain, dear."
Thursday, January 2, 2014 -
The NNHS Class of 1955 holds Lunch Bunch gatherings on the
first Thursday of every month at Steve & John's Steak House
on Jefferson Avenue just above Denbigh Boulevard in Newport
News at 11:00 AM. The luncheon is not limited to just the
Class of '55; if you have friends in that year, go visit
2. Wednesday, February 12, 2013 - The NNHS Class of June 1942 meets at noon on the second Wednesday of every other month for a Dutch treat lunch at the James River Country Club, 1500 Country Club Road. PLEASE JOIN THEM. Give or take a few years makes no difference. Good conversation, food and atmosphere. For details, call Jennings Bryan at 803-7701 for reservations.
http://www.nnhs65.com/requests-prayers.html - updated 12/16/13
http://nnhs.wordpress.com/ - updated 03/13/11
NNHS CLASS OF '65 WEB SITE:
PERSONAL WEB SITE: http://www.angelfire.com/weird2/cluckmeat
Carol Buckley Harty
7020 Lure Court
Fayetteville, NC 28311-9309
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3. Just mail it directly to my home. Thanks!
Good King Wenceslas
Music - Scandinavian, from Piae Cantiones, 1582
Good King Wenceslas looked out
On the feast of Stephen
When the snow lay round about
Deep and crisp and even
Brightly shone the moon that night
Though the frost was cruel
When a poor man came in sight
Gath'ring winter fuel
"Hither, page, and stand by me
If thou know'st it, telling
Yonder peasant, who is he?
Where and what his dwelling?"
"Sire, he lives a good league hence
Underneath the mountain
Right against the forest fence
By Saint Agnes' fountain."
"Bring me flesh and bring me wine
Bring me pine logs hither
Thou and I will see him dine
When we bear him thither."
Page and monarch forth they went
Forth they went together
Through the rude wind's wild lament
And the bitter weather
"Sire, the night is darker now
And the wind blows stronger
Fails my heart, I know not how,
I can go no longer."
"Mark my footsteps, my good page
Tread thou in them boldly
Thou shalt find the winter's rage
Freeze thy blood less coldly."
In his master's steps he trod
Where the snow lay dinted
Heat was in the very sod
Which the Saint had printed
Therefore, Christian men, be sure
Wealth or rank possessing
Ye who now will bless the poor
Shall yourselves find blessing
"Good King Wenceslas" midi courtesy of http://www.snowcrest.net/lassen/midi.html - 12/26/09
"Good King Wenceslas" lyrics courtesy of http://www.carols.org.uk/good_king_wenceslas.htm - 12/26/09
"Happy Boxing Day" Title Image courtesy of http://www.nerve.com/CS/blogs/date-machine/archive/2008/12.aspx - 12/26/09
Red Leaf Divider Line clip art courtesy of - 11/14/05
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 Jester Smiley clip art courtesy of Bill Hobbs
('66) of Northern VA - 10/06/09
Birthday Cake clip art courtesy of
Sarah Puckett Kressaty ('65) of
VA - 08/31/05
Thanks, Sarah Sugah!
Marine Corps Seal clip art courtesy of the lateHerbert Hice of MI - one of my Famous Marines who served in the South Pacific during WWII.
Animated Laughing Cat courtesy
of Joyce Lawrence Cahoon ('65) of VA - 07/29/08
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