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Jan 16

Pangur Ban

cats make great pillows
Please to meet Suede Puglet Landson and Bob Wallace

I and Pangur Ban my cat,
‘Tis a like task we are at:
Hunting mice is his delight,
Hunting words I sit all night.

Better far than praise of men
‘Tis to sit with book and pen;
Pangur bears me no ill-will,
He too plies his simple skill.

‘Tis a merry task to see
At our tasks how glad are we,
When at home we sit and find
Entertainment to our mind.

Oftentimes a mouse will stray
In the hero Pangur’s way;
Oftentimes my keen thought set
Takes a meaning in its net.

‘Gainst the wall he sets his eye
Full and fierce and sharp and sly;
‘Gainst the wall of knowledge I
All my little wisdom try.

When a mouse darts from its den,
O how glad is Pangur then!
O what gladness do I prove
When I solve the doubts I love!

So in peace our task we ply,
Pangur Ban, my cat, and I;
In our arts we find our bliss,
I have mine and he has his.

Practice every day has made
Pangur perfect in his trade;
I get wisdom day and night
Turning darkness into light.

– (Anon., Irish, 8th century)

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Jan 16

The Cat Who Walked by Himself

A kitty tale by Rudyard Kipling as read by Tim Bulkeley. The story goes that this is the opinion of 3 out of 5 men on cats. I love this story because Rudyard Kipling addresses the reader as “Best Beloved” and because Tim Bulkeley’s voices are hilarious, especially wild horse and wild cat. And, of course, because if you are accepted by a cat, you know you’re good people.

Many thanks to Internet Archive’s Open Source Audio for this audio clip.

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