[The Magi on the road to Bethlehem]
O~ star of wonder, star of night
Star with royal beauty bright
Westward leading, still proceeding
Guide us to thy perfect light
[At the entrance to the stable, by way of introduction:]
We three kings of Orient are
Bearing gifts, we traverse afar
Field and fountain, pa-rum-pum-pum-pum
Moor and mountain, pa-rum-pum-pum-pum
Following~ yonder star
Come, they told me, pa-rum-pum-pum-pum
A newborn king to see, pa-rum-pum-pum-pum
Our finest gifts we bring, pa-rum-pum-pum-pum
To lay before the king, pa-rum-pum-pum-pum
So to honor Him, pa-rum-pum-pum-pum
When we come
[First Magus. The background scene changes to that of the Triumphal Entry.]
Born a king on Bethlehem's plain
Gold I bring to crown Him again
King forever, pa-rum-pum-pum-pum
Ceasing never, pa-rum-pum-pum-pum
Over us all to reign~
All to reign
Frankincense to offer have I
Incense owns a deity nigh
Prayer and praising, pa-rum-pum-pum-pum
All men raising, pa-rum-pum-pum-pum
Worship Him~, God on high
God on high
[Third Magus. The background scene passes from Passion to crucifixion to burial.]
Myrrh is mine, its bitter perfume
Breathes a life of gathering gloom
Sorrowing, sighing, pa rum pum pum pum
Bleeding, dying, pa rum pum pum pum
Rum pum pum pum, rum pum pum pum
Sealed in the stone-cold tomb
[Mary in tears. The background scene is the sealed tomb, and passes from day to night to day as:]
Little baby, pa-rum-pum-pum-pum
I am a poor boy too, pa-rum-pum-pum-pum
I have no gift to bring, pa-rum-pum-pum-pum
That's fit to give a king, pa-rum-pum-pum-pum
Shall I play for you, pa-rum-pum-pum-pum
On my drum?
[The background scene passes from day to night to day again.]
Mary nodded, pa-rum-pum-pum-pum
The ox and lamb kept time, pa-rum-pum-pum-pum
I played my drum for him, pa-rum-pum-pum-pum
I played my best for him, pa-rum-pum-pum-pum
Then he smiled at me, pa-rum-pum-pum-pum
Me and my drum.
[The stone is rolled away and the Man comes out.]
Glorious now behold him arise
King and God and sacrifice
Sounds through the earth and skies
Earth and skies
Keep starting here and erasing. Not sure what my motive is.
'Quo animo ea feram quae geruntur,' I think it was. All right then.
Just got done shaving my face. Was getting tired of the mustache not long after I started wearing it, but was obligated to for a while. I might want to try the beard again later but for now we're starting from scratch.
Had my hair cut yesterday. I've lost a lot of pride in my appearance lately, chiefly in regards to my hair. I haven't been able to cut it myself in a while and nobody else who cuts it has a decent idea how to handle it. In particular, since it isn't straight hair, it tends to get unruly-looking when cut too short, and to pull together showing patches of scalp. I think the biggest problem though is just that it makes my head look the wrong shape. It distresses me to see my head look as round as it does when others cut it.
When I think about it, anyway. I try not to, since I'm working on not dwelling on things. But even when I'm not thinking about it: I've lost a lot of pride in my appearance.
But yeah, went to get my hair cut with my roommate Seto yesterday. Before that, went to lunch with him at Cafe Athens, stuffing myself on σπανακόπιτα and φαλάφελ.
He's a sweetheart.
Usually I plan my meals every week ahead of time. This week I threw out all those plans and just went for stuff at random. Somehow ended up spending a lot more for what I think wasn't even as much. I've been spending a bit too much in general, really... been carrying too much in my bank account, I guess, when I really ought to be more careful with the upcoming holidays and shortness of pay from the time off. Enh... we'll see how it goes.
Love you all.
Love, you guys.
Update on my hand: doctor didn't want to do surgery, saying it'd just be 'trading a bump for a scar'. He gave me a steroid shot and advised me to wear the splint a few weeks longer, and see him again if it didn't improve. (Still not too fond of my progress so far.)
Update on my fox: haven't heard from him in a few weeks. (Yes, he's still alive.)
Been going through a lot more of the Librivox audiobooks. Several are pretty poor when it comes to foreign terms, and this isn't always even the readers' fault; I just went through The Hunchback of Notre Dame and they used one of the online editions where the scanning had obliterated the Greek; ΑΝΑΓΚΗ, for example, is rendered as 'ANArKH' and pronounced by the reader as though the letters were Latin.
All complaints aside, when they're not working in foreign languages alien to them, they do pretty well. I enjoyed their reading of Henrik Ibsen's The Master Builder today.