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Did anyone watch the dog show? Macy's parade? Get in line for bargains?
Today is also St. Cecilia's Day (she's depicted by Raphael at left). As the patron saint of music, she inspired many works in her honor, including ones by Purcell, Handel, and Benjamin Britten—all composers based in England. Britten's was set to a poem by W.H. Auden. Here's the first stanza:
In a garden shady this holy ladyThe rest is here.
With reverent cadence and subtle psalm,
Like a black swan as death came on
Poured forth her song in perfect calm:
And by ocean's margin this innocent virgin
Constructed an organ to enlarge her prayer,
And notes tremendous from her great engine
Thundered out on the Roman air.
Blonde Aphrodite rose up excited,
Moved to delight by the melody,
White as an orchid she rode quite naked
In an oyster shell on top of the sea;
At sounds so entrancing the angels dancing
Came out of their trance into time again,
And around the wicked in Hell's abysses
The huge flame flickered and eased their pain.
Blessed Cecilia, appear in visions
To all musicians, appear and inspire:
Translated Daughter, come down and startle
Composing mortals with immortal fire.