Temple Newsam House, with its blessing around the roof-line
Catching up with some NaPoWriMo prompts: determined to have at least 30 by the end of the month – TOMORROW!
So here’s one from earlier in the month – there might be more of it to come, but thought I’d put it up as work in progress.
This one’s based on the blessing which runs around the top of Temple Newsam House, just outside Leeds. The idea was to create some ‘Genre Blessings’ (hence the title) for the Hyde Park Picture House event on Sunday – as an alternative blessing – but I couldn’t come up with more than two!
So the poem is the original blessing from the top of the house, with two other genres represented: horror and period drama. Perhaps I’ll add a sci-fi and western at some point…Perhaps…
or, Generic Blessings
ALL GLORY BE GIVEN
TO GOD, THE FATHER, HIS SON
AND THE HOLY GHOST ON HIGH.
PEACE ON EARTH, GOOD WILL TOWARDS MEN.
HONOUR TRUE ALLEGIENCE TO OUR GRACIOUS KING.
LOVING AFFECTION AMONGST HIS SUBJECTS.
HEALTH AND PLENTY WITHIN THIS HOUSE.
ALL GORY BE RIVEN
BY GHOULS, THE FANGED, ROSEMARY’S BABY
AND THE GHOSTS IN THE CORNER OF YOUR EYE.
FEAR ON EARTH AND GOOD KILLS AMONG MEN.
HONOUR GRIM ALLEGIENCE TO STEPHEN KING.
ROVING STARVATION AMONGST ZOMBIES.
STEALTHY DEPRAVITY IN EACH DESERTED SHACK.
ALL CORSETS BE FASTENED
BY GIRLS, STRICT FATHERS, THEIR SONS
AND THE GHOST OF THE ONES THEY SHOULD MARRY.
GENTLE MIRTH AND GOOD SUITS UPON MEN.
HONOUR THE NOVEL BUT ADD SOME THINGS IN.
STIFLED AFFECTION: AS LEWD AS IT GETS.
EMBROIDERY AND MOANING, IN EACH STATELY HOME.