Tuesday, January 03, 2006

This isn't even subliminal!

Has anyone else noticed the last lines of the third verse of Once In Royal David's City? I, personally, think it's a bit of a scam myself. "Hey, kids, let's sing this Christmas carol! In fact, let's have the kids do a solo on that third verse."

Christian children all must be mild, obedient, good as he.

10 Comments:

Blogger Lorem ipsum said...

Actually, I don't think I've ever heard it. And I suspect ol' Emmanuel was a real hell-raiser as a kid, if what we know of him running away from the caravan is any indication.

1/03/2006 9:08 PM  
Anonymous jeana said...

I used to hate that line when I sang it as a kid. We don't hold the adults up to that kind of standard- why should kids have to be perfect!!???

And yes, per your post elsewhere, Oxy-Clean is the bomb.

1/03/2006 9:36 PM  
Blogger Steph said...

Oh, come on now. Don't be shy. Proclaim your dorkness from the rooftops!

The aforementioned post about OxyClean

Lorem, good point .... I like that. It makes it all the more OK for me to cause trouble!

1/03/2006 9:37 PM  
Blogger Steph said...

In case you couldn't guess .... the previous commenter is the same one referenced in aforehyperlinked comment

1/03/2006 9:39 PM  
Blogger Kathryn said...

It's like "little Lord Jesus, no crying he makes"
Sanitised humanity.
Just not how it must have been...Generally, we cut that verse!

1/04/2006 3:49 AM  
Blogger T.O. said...

Actually, Steph and Lorem, if you have ever read the Infancy Gospel of Thomas, not to be confused with the Gospel of Thomas, Jesus was a little hell raiser. He blew things up, and killed at least one of his young friends... He had to learn to get that power under control before He got around to being the Messiah. It is a pretty funny read. No wonder it's not canonical, though!

1/04/2006 7:56 AM  
Blogger Lisa said...

Hmmmm, I wasn't clear at first at what your objection was, Steph. I thought it was that you were reading the line as "Christian children all must be, kind, obedient, good as He" to which I was going to note that I believe the text actually is phrased "Christian children, all must be kind, obedient, good as He."

From the replies posted in response, it seems that (the second phrasing) is how you were reading it so now I have to go back and re-think the question you pose as I seem to be missing the point of what's problematic about aiming to be "kind, obedient, [and] good." :)

1/04/2006 8:33 AM  
Anonymous jeana said...

Ah, the power of the comma. You have a point, Lisa. It's not so offensive that way. :-)

1/04/2006 8:40 AM  
Blogger Natty said...

[Somewhat off-topic]

I'll stand up and be counted as a dork... though I'm not a raving fan of Oxy-Clean.

That post AND the comments were hilarious. I think it's one of my new favs!

I am however, prone to being awed by the gift of a Big Phat Dictionary myself.

1/04/2006 8:53 AM  
Blogger RussianViolets said...

Hmmm...don't think I ever sang that part of the song. But really...as if. :-)

1/04/2006 11:05 AM  

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