On reading one part of a page of a book written by a truly great man who i was so privileged to have met, Mr David Jesson-Dibley, which if i dare to attempt to summarize, would be a greatly underestimated perceptive view and account of some of the Selected poems of Robert Herrick. David Jesson-Dibley was head of English at Christ's Hospital School. A lecturer, playwright and critic, his selections of the writings of Leigh Hunt is also published in the Fyfield series. Having read a part of a single page of the book Robert Herrick, selected Poems, i felt i could not pass by without remarking on it. He was also responsible for writing a book titled 'Earth-Bound', The Big Issue, which refers to or is an quite apetising (for those who are into that type of read) read. The book is about 'a very strange and mysterious character indeed'. Named Herm, (Hermes Messenger of The Gods). Reporting to The powerful Gods of Olympus on the behaviour of man. Mainly economic but i didn't read the end. I did though feel very honoured when an inscribed copy landed on my doormat, especially when i didn't realise he was writing a book. But that has happened before too with others with whom i have become acquainted. It can be a bit of a surprise sometimes but none-the-less a nice surprise?
A link to 'Carcanet press' where copies of the books mentioned and others can be found on the links page of this website. One of the poems on the particular page is for me rather poignant and having had not such a good day today and with the tale of the Jabberwocky with slithy tothes, gyring and gimbling in the wabe, seamingly streaming through my mind, i do intend to get this particular page created today and i would hope with a headache, reasonably quickly?
It could be far too presumptuous of me to say create the garden which is the Uk. Especially as we have so many helpers whose work i hear is all too often sometimes overlooked and maybe even unappreciated.
The poem from the book: Robert Herrick, Selected poems. Edited with an introduction by David Jesson-Dibley reads:
THE BAG OF THE BEE
About the sweet bag of the bee,
Two cupids fell at odds:
And whose the pretty prize should be,
They vow'd to ask the Gods.
Which Venus hearing, thither came,
And for their boldness stripp'd them:
And taking thence from each his flame;
With rods of myrtle whipp'd them.
Which done, to still their wanton cries,
When quite grown she'd seen them.
She kiss'd and wip'd their dove like eyes,
And gave the bag between them.
Please see links page for a link to a bumble bee website. Once on webpage if you scroll down on the left hand side to 'economic importance', i hope that you may understand even in part my own observation and reason for writing this.
Who knows, you may find a copy on ebay?