June 12, 2017 Ronald Robinson

Esaias Tegnér & Charles XII Charles XII: on the centenary of his death 1818 Kung Carl, den unga hjelte, han stod i rök och dam. Han drog sitt svärd från bälte och bröt i striden fram. “Hur Svenska stålet biter kom låt oss pröfva på. Ur vägen Moscoviter, friskt mod, I gossar blå.” Och en mot tio ställdes af retad Vasason. Der flydde hvad ej fälldes, det var hans lärospån. Tre konungar tillhopa ej skrefvo pilten bud. Lugn stod han mot Europa, en skägglös dundergud. Gråhårad statskonst lade de snaror ut med hast den höga yngling sade ett ord och…

June 12, 2017 Ronald Robinson

TITLE PAGE Peter Monamy 1681-1749 INTRODUCTION Apart from a fleeting mention, possibly by Smollett, in the Critical Review of March 5th, 1758, almost nothing that appeared in print about Peter Monamy before 1981 was of any critical merit, accuracy, comprehension or interest. I except the anecdotal and incidental information supplied by W.H.Pyne in 1823 and J.T.Smith in 1828, and one or two perceptive and original comments by writers such as Marcel Brion, who mentions “the sensitive and agitated seascapes of Peter Monamy” in the Larousse Encyclopedia of Renaissance & Baroque Art, 1964. Oliver Warner, in British Marine Painting, 1948, and…

June 12, 2017 Ronald Robinson

These pages on the Eddystone lighthouses revise and replace those previously posted during 2003. They are greatly indebted to the generous advice, recommendations and co-operative interest of Maureen Attrill, Alison Barnes, Nigel Overton, Roger Quarm, Janet Tamblin, and Ken Trethewey. The errors contained in these pages, and the more contentious opinions aired below, are not necessarily theirs, but entirely mine. From Chambers’ Book of Days, Vol II, 1864. With special thanks to Alison Barnes Above is an imaginative Victorian engraving illustrating the destruction of Winstanley’s lighthouse, including its keepers and the architect himself, in 1703. Narrative history pictures are not,…

June 12, 2017 Ronald Robinson

When the Sword glitters ore the Judges head, And fear has Coward Churchmen silenced Then is the Poets time, ’tis then he drawes And single fights forsaken Vertues cause. He, when the wheel of Empire whirleth back, And though the World’s disjointed Axel crack, Sings still of ancient Rights and better Times Seeks wretched good, arraigns successful Crimes. Tom May’s Death   [Author? Date?] ANDREW MARVELL The Forward Youth 1621-1678   Courage my Soul, now learn to wield The weight of thine immortal Shield. Close on thy Head thy Helmet bright. Ballance thy Sword against the Fight. A Dialogue, between…

June 12, 2017 Ronald Robinson

Essays and Papers   Some of these essays were originally prepared for different publications set in other contexts, so there is occasional repetition of content. Some are frivolous, others less so.   Anfloga, Wearn, (H)wælweg Anglo-Saxon Verse: W.J.Sedgefield Biblical Echoes Bird, Ship, Sun, Sea The Central Crux of The Seafarer The Cambridge Old English Reader Empress of Hel, Part 1 Empress of Hel, Part 2 Housman, Masefield, Burns, Drayton Hugr, Hyge, Håg Journey’s Jargon The Meaning of Fer(h)ð Old English Grammar: A.Campbell R.I.Page and the DOE Pound Note 1 Pound Note 2 Pound Note 3 The Prefix Un- Psalm 46…