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Today we remember the publication of a very long song. It is the Feast Day of St. Concertus, and in the garden, there is a dead bee.
Be Safe, and Stay Out of Trouble.
Welcome to the Hidden Almanac, I’m Reverend Mord.
Today is August 17th, 2015.
It was on this day in 1549 that the first known version of the Ballad of Tom-Lin was published, in “Complete Popular Songs of the Highlands.” Tom-Lin was a legendary knight who had run afoul of the fairies, and had no true love to save him from being included in the fairy tithe to Hell. He paid a tavern wench to come to the crossroads on All Hallow’s Eve and pull him from his horse, proclaiming her love loudly. The fairy queen turned him into a lion, then a snake, then an onion. Then a rutabaga, then six stalks of wheat, then a chicken, then a radish, then an onion again. It is an extremely long song with many verses and was not very popular, despite the name of the songbook.
At the end, Tom Lin is either saved, because the fairy gets bored, or is turned into a tree permanently, or in one variation, the wench goes off with the fairy and they leave him as an onion at the crossroads.
And it was on this day that the fanged thing met the camel in the desert and they talked until the small hours of the night.
It is the Feast Day of Saint Concertus of Marle. Marle was once a major power in the silk trade, but climate shifts and the Small Ice Age caused it to become inhospitable to mulberries. As St. Concertus was primarily a patron of the town and the mulberries, upon which the silkworms fed, he is not much worshipped today except by members of the local historical society.
In the garden, it is very hot. The milkweed is fraying into silk. The coneflowers are withering and the goldfinches are picking at their seeds. There are blue-gray gnatcatchers rampaging over the bee balm.
Someone has left a dead bee on the front step. It would not have been obvious, except that there is a note saying “Here is your dead bee,” and a follow-up note “Did you notice that we left you a bee? Are you terrified?”
…no. No, I am not.
It appears to be a carpenter bee. I respect the contributions of carpenter bees to pollination, but I do not feel obliged to mourn individuals of the species.
The Hidden Almanac is brought to you by Red Wombat Tea Company, purveyors of fine and inaccessible teas. Red Wombat --- “We Dig Tea.”
Also brought you by the Cannibalfly Priesthood. We do not forget the insults done to us.
That’s the Hidden Almanac for August 17th, 2015. Be safe, and stay out of trouble.
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The Hidden Almanac is a production of Dark Canvas Media, written by Ursula Vernon and performed and produced by Kevin Sonney. Our theme music is Moon Valley and our exit music is Red in Black, both by Kosta T. You can hear more from Kosta T at the Free Music Archive. All other content is copyright 2013 through 2015, Ursula Vernon.