August 28, 2007

A Shepherd's Tale - The Invitation

Whan that aprill with his shoures soote
The drogh
te of march hath perced to the roote,
And bathed every veyne in swich licour
Of which vertu engendred is the flour;
Whan zephirus eek with his sweete breeth
Inspired hath in every holt and heeth
Tendre croppes, and the yonge sonne
Hath in the ram his halve cours yronne,
And smale foweles maken melodye,
That slepen al the nyght with open ye
(so priketh hem nature in hir corages);
Thanne longen folk to goon on pilgrimages,

From the Prologue of The Canterbury Tales by Geoffery Chaucer


You're cordially invited to take a virtual pilgrimage with me. It will be an honor to have you accompany me along the way. The intent of this pilgrimage is to walk the path of my spiritual journey so far. There are places I would like to visit with you where God made Himself clearly known to me . I would also like to introduce you to some grace filled (and maybe even a few grace-less) people who have left an indelible mark on my life. There may be a side road or two we will travel for the simple joy of the view. With God's grace we will return safely to this place, the place where we begin, because this is where I am on my spiritual journey.

5 comments:

Mike said...

This is great. I am in. Looking forward to the journey. I will link to this.

John said...

Thanks Mike. Always nice to have someone along for the ride. Hope you enjoy the view.

Paul Thompson said...

John, This will be good. I'll enjoy the journey.
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Paul said...

I am in too! But I guess The Canterbury Tales are a bit hard for me to understand. But hey, I always want to learn and I'm sure you have many interesting things and thoughts to share. Go for it!

John said...

Thanks Idaho Paul! Nice to have you along!

Netherlands Paul, the Canterbury Tales intro was something I had to memorize in High School. I still find myself rolling the odd Middle English pronunciations off of my tongue every now and then. I don't think we will refer to it very often, but who knows??? For a modern English translation try here...
http://www.fordham.edu/halsall/source/CT-prolog-para.html

I love a good journey. This will be my first virtual trip!