mandag den 18. december 2017

18. december O Adonai

2. O, Adonai, jødefolkets Gud,
hvis røst til Moses lød fra tjørnens lue,
og som på Sinai gav ham dine bud,
kom, løft din arm mod dem, der vil os kue.

O Adonai, et Dux domus Israel,
qui Moysi in igne flammae rubi apparuisti,
et ei in Sina legem dedisti:
veni ad redimendum nos in brachio extento.

søndag den 17. december 2017

O-antifoner - 1

17. december

O, visdom, du Gud Faders eget ord,
som når fra solens opgang til dens leje,
som stærk og kærlig styrer alt på jord,
kom ned til os og lær os kundskabs veje.
 
O Sapientia, quae ex ore Altissimi prodiisti,
attingens a fine usque ad finem,
fortiter suaviterque disponens omnia:
veni ad docendum nos viam prudentiae.

     Hvis ikke Uglemor kan andet, kan hun da skrive teksten til dagens O-antifon her på bloggen og nyde den her.
     Den danske tekst, der er en sangbar gendigtning af de latinske vers, er skrevet af Halfdan Kejser.


MotherOwl cannot find out how to integrate the O-antiphons in the advent celebrations happening in the Owlery. But at least she can copy the beautyful latin verses and post them here once a day beginning today.


The Danish verse is a rendition from early 19th century. Written by Halfdan Kejser, they are beautiful too and able to be sung on a gregorian liek tune. MotherOwl likes it very much, and regrets that it was not sung in mass today.


torsdag den 14. december 2017

Words for Wednesday. A newfound challenge

Another fun challenge. This time a less long-time one: Words for Wednesday.

I copy from the post at Elephant's child: 

"Each week we are given a choice of prompts: which can be words, phrases, music or an image. What we do with those prompts is up to us: a short story, prose, a song, a poem, or treating them with ignore... We can use some or all of the prompts. "


And

"Some of us put our creation in comments on the post, and others post on their own blog. I would really like it if as many people as possible joined into this fun meme, which includes cheering on the other participants. If you are posting on your own blog - let me know so that I, and other participants, can come along and applaud."

This week's prompts are: The show must go on and /or The straw that broke the Camel’s back.

That last one made it go  clik inside my head and a poem came forth:



The straw that broke the Camel’s back.
Is the one straw that in the sack
Is the last straw to enter.
But baby Jesus in the straw
Holds up His hand and filled with awe
The camel kneels off center.
Thus it is Christmas once again
And Camel can forget his pain.


🐪 ❖ 🐪 ❖ 🐪 ❖ 🐪


Ovre hos Elephant's Child får man hver onsdag nogle ord at gumle på. Det kan der så komme meget sjov ud af. En kort tekst, et digt eller lignende.

Denne onsdags ord er:  The show must go on og/eller The straw that broke the Camel’s back.

Uglemor blev inspireret af det sidste ord og skrev straks et sært digt på engelsk. En dansk oversættelse blev det ikke til, men her er et der ligner lidt:

Det strå, der var det sidste strå,
fik Jesus til at ligge på
da Han var barn i stalden.
Han strakte hånden frem og se,
kamelen  den faldt ned på knæ,
og glemte verdens kalden.


Advent 2017 - del 4

     Det går stadig fremad med vores store adventsvindue. Hver morgen er der en Ugleunge, der hænger noget op. Uglemor har fornyet snorene. Nu ser det sådan her ud.

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Our big advent calendar is still growing. Every morning an Owlet hangs an ornament. MotherOwl even renewed the strands holding up the whole calendar arrangement.




     Vores Jesse træ er i modsætning hertil ikke sket noget med. Uglemor lavede et nyt træ og et ornament til 1. søndag i advent, der hidtil kun har haft selve træet. Siden er der ikke sket noget. Der mangler noget, at hænge ornamenterne på og måske lidt brun maling.

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Our Jesse Tree on the other hand has not seen much progress. MotherOwl made a new tree and an ornament for 1st Sunday of advent - which so far had had only the tree itself for ornament. Since then nothing has happened. The tree needs nails, or pins, or whatever to hang the ornaments, and maybe a touch of brown paint.






PS. ⠗⠑⠛⠝ er punktskrift - der står "regn".  Fordi det altså bare regner i dag. Braille? Bare fordi jeg kan. Jeg tjente penge som punktskriftafskriver engang for længe siden, indtil computerteknologien gjorde mig overflødig.

PS. ⠗⠑⠛⠝ is written in Braille. It says r - e - g - n which spells rain in Danish. Just because I know how to and it is raining. I once earned my living as a translator to Braille for a very short time - until the rising use of computers made me obsolete.

tirsdag den 12. december 2017

Klassiker-udfordring - Back to the Classics

     Mangler man en god undskyldning for at læse bøger?  Uglemor gør i hvert fald af og til. Men næste år bliver det anderledes. Den gode  Queen of Carrots har gjort mig opmærksom på en udfordring. Den originale, hvor man kan melde sig til, ligger her: Books and Chocolate
12 forskellige bøger på 12 måneder. Det foregår på engelsk, derfor er resten også på engelsk.

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 If you are looking for a good excuse for reading 12 books in 2018, then look just a bit further. The good Queen of Carrots has fund the perfect excuse: Back to the Classics, 2018.
The original post, with rules and a Linky, can be found here: Books and Chocolate 
I'll follow the Queen of Carrot's lead inasmuch as I'll only pick books from our shelves. This should not pose a big problem. We have zillions of books. And as the Queen too, if I began a book, read it from page one over again.

There's more rules than what I cite here, the most important being no reading before January 1st 2018, and all books to be written (not necessarily published) at least 50 years ago.

I'll grasp a d12 on the first of every month and let chance tell me which category is up for this month.
This list will grow, as I go looking for books on the shelves in the Owlery and at bloggers' posts. 



My book list - to be updated as I fill in the holes. I'm too lazy to get up, so titles are given, but authors only when I'm sure of them.

1. A 19th century classic - (published 1800 - 1899). Alice in Wonderland I only read parts of it. Never the whole book.

2. A 20th century classic (1900 - 1968). Glasperlenspiel by Hermann Hesse. I read some of it over 20 years ago. It was a tour de force in ingenuity. I wonder if it stands the test of time?

3. A classic by a woman author. Hard one, I seldom ever notice the authors' sex and often not even the name. I'll have to go and look actively for a woman, and I hate this "turned upside down sexism". This is according to me an irrelevant criteria for the choosing of books.
Maybe I'll just leave this one out, then I'll have omne month's slack for unforseen happenings.
- After looking at other participants' list, I found it! A Wrinkle in Time. I like science fantasy, it sounds intriguing and is written by a lady: Madeleine L'Engle. Now hoping, that my local library has this book (or can find it somewhere in the national library-book-staches)

4. A classic in translation. Easy ;) I have loads of classics in Danish and English. I just have to pick one. Ivanhoe, War and Peace ... Loads I never read.

5. A children's classic. Alle vi børn i Bulderby by Astrid Lindgren. The title means: All us children of Bullerby.
- or maybe try reading Winnie the Pooh in English. I read a few chapters in Danish some years ago.

6. A classic crime story, fiction or non-fiction.
I'm not an avid reader of whodunnits, but I have some Australian ones written long ago. They're describing the Australia of days gone by in a charming way. The Battling Prophet is my choice - Author: ____________ (to be filled in)

7. A classic travel or journey narrative, fiction or non-fiction. something Japanese, sea-faring or Australian again.

8. A classic with a single-word title. Erm, wonder whether it is the English or the Danish title, that counts? The Odyssey (Odysseen/Οδύσσεια) is one word in Danish and Greek, but I believe two in English. I read that one when I was 12. Time for a re-read. In Danish, not Greek.

9. A classic with a colour in the title. We have lots and lots of books with a colour in it. The Purple Pterodactyles and A Study in Scarlet come to my mind.
- Sir Gawain and the Green Knigth, or
- The White Company by Arthur Conan Doyle.

10. A classic by an author that's new to you. Looking at the shelves picking one at random. Difficult, I don't know if I've ever read something by that autor before as I'm bad at names. Decision: If I don't remember the name, that author is new to me!

11. A classic that scares you. Dr. Zivago! I have begun reading ... 7 times, maybe more. It is such a slow starter.

12. Re-read a favourite classic. The Lord of the Ring I suppose .. I have many, many books that fit in this category.