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CaptainVertigo
2014-03-02 13:23:56
"Walk Upon England
Walk Upon England's Mountains Green (Expand pics)
And did those feet in ancient time?
I wear the trappings of office lightly, knowing that all human constructs are but transient. Such minor powers as are vested in me by my peers in Cumann na mBhinnion (An Mhi), where I have been Runai Contae for several decades, are exercised economically, efficiently and without hubris. If you are looking for tickets to the the WAI/MV annual gathering, I may be able to help you. If you're looking for ego, try somewhere else.
There has been a thread of controversy running through our internal debate for several months which has got under my skin. I have always promoted the notion that mountains transcend national borders, that they exist for human beings, not for citizens or subjects. In that context, I wholeheartedly embraced the extension of the MV Lists to the other island. As a consequence I have been on the receiving end of a campaign of abuse, dressed up as jibing and good humored banter, but it is ill disguised malice. This morning I came down from Tara, tired hungry and soaked to the skin, to find an extract from William Blake's "And Did Those Feet In Ancient Time" plastered onto to my windscreen like a large parking ticket:

"And did those feet in ancient time.
Walk upon England's mountains green:
And was the holy Lamb of God,
On England's pleasant pastures seen!

And did the Countenance Divine,
Shine forth upon our clouded hills?
And was Jerusalem builded here,
Among these dark Satanic Mills?"
(http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UQ0oCmDXrVk)

"No" is the answer, "No, I have not once tread a contour on Saxon soil." I turned on the car stereo, and drove off at high speed to the strains of Dochas Linn Naomh Padraig followed by shouts of "Hypocrite" from behind the hedge...

"Sléibhte, gleannta máighe,
's bailte mór na hÉireann,
Ghlan sé iad go deo dúinn,
míle glóir dár naomh dhil.
Iarrmaid ort, a Phádraig,
guí orainne Gaela,
Dia linn lá 'gus oíche
's Pádraig Aspal Éireann."

Yes, I am a complex modern Irish Binnioneer. Tolerant to a fault. Sophisticated but in an understated way. Urbanely accepting all undulations wherever they may be. But scratch a savage and you will find the love of a native shore.
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