April 7th, 2006

beats working

My Madonna

I hailed me a woman from the street,
Shameless, but oh, so fair!
I bade her sit in the model's seat
And I painted her sitting there.

I hid all trace of her heart unclean;
I painted a babe at her breast;
I painted her as she might have been
If the Worst had been the Best.

She laughed at my picture and went away,
Then came with a knowing nod,
A connoisseur, and I heard him say;
"'Tis Mary, the Mother of God."

So I painted a halo round her hair,
And I sold her and took my fee,
And she hangs in the church of Saint Hilaire,
Where you and all may see.
-- Robert W. Service

Wikipedia Birthday Meme for my Birthday

1877 - Chief Joseph surrenders his Nez Percé band to General Nelson A. Miles.
1969 - The first broadcast of Monty Python's Flying Circus.
1991 - The first official version of the Linux kernel, version 0.02, is released.

1703 - Jonathan Edwards, American minister (d. 1758)
1829 - Chester A. Arthur, 21st President of the United States (d.1886)
1936 - Václav Havel, playwright and President of the Czech Republic

578 - Justin II, Byzantine Emperor
1791 - Grigori Potemkin, Russian statesman (b. 1739)
1813 - Tecumseh, Shawnee leader