Jackdaw | Guide to Daily Reading 12/6/22

R.H. Barham born this date in 1788.

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Daily Reading:

The Jackdaw of Rheims

The Jackdaw sat on the Cardinal's chair!
        Bishop, and abbot, and prior were there;
          Many a monk, and many a friar,
          Many a knight, and many a squire,
    With a great many more of lesser degree,—
    In sooth a goodly company;
    And they served the Lord Primate on bended knee.
          Never, I ween,
          Was a prouder seen,
    Read of in books, or dreamt of in dreams,
    Than the Cardinal Lord Archbishop of Rheims!
          In and out
          Through the motley rout,
    That little Jackdaw kept hopping about;
          Here and there
          Like a dog in a fair,
          Over comfits and cates,
          And dishes and plates,
    Cowl and cope, and rochet and pall,
    Mitre and crosier! he hopp'd upon all!

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