Monday, November 16, 2015

"O liberté, égalité, fraternité!": a poem on Paris terror attacks based on an Entish lamentation

"O liberté, égalité, fraternité!": a poem on Paris terror attacks based on an Entish lamentation

A. LAMENTATION FOR THE ROWAN TREES

When Merry and Pippin entered Fangorn Forest, they first met Treebeard (Fangorn) and then later the other Ents during the Ent-Moot. One of these Ents is the young Ent named Bregalad.

Bregalad narrated to the hobbits how the Ents planted Rowan trees in order to please the Ent-wives: "And these trees grew and grew till the shadow of each was like a green hall, and their red berries in the autumn were a burden, and a beauty and a wonder." But later Orcs hewed down the trees, and they died. In his grief, Bregalad sang:

O Orofarnë, Lassemista, Carnimírië!

O Orofarnë, Lassemista, Carnimírië!
O rowan fair, upon your hair how white the blossom lay!
O rowan mine, I saw you shine upon a summer's day,
Your rind so bright, your leaves so light, your voice so cool and soft:
Upon your head how golden-red the crown you bore aloft!
O rowan dead, upon your head your hair is dry and grey;
your crown is spilled, your voice is stilled for ever and a day.
O Orofarnë, Lassemista, Carnimírië!
(Treebeard, Lord of the Rings, p. 485)

B. PARIS ATTACKS AND THE REIGN OF TERROR

The death of the Rowan trees reminds us of those who died in the Paris attacks by ISIS:
On the evening of 13 November 2015, a series of coordinated terrorist attacks—consisting of mass shootings, suicide bombings and hostage-taking—occurred in Paris, France, and Saint-Denis, its northern suburb. Beginning at 21:16 CET,[13] six mass shootings and three separate suicide bombings near the Stade de France occurred.[13][14] The deadliest attack was at the Bataclan theatre, where attackers took hostages and engaged in a stand-off with police which ended at 00:58 on 14 November...

A mass shooting and hostage taking occurred at the Bataclan theatre, which had until recently been owned by a Jewish family,[35] on the boulevard Voltaire in the 11th arrondissement where the US rock band Eagles of Death Metal were playing for roughly 1,500 people.[15][14] The band had played around five songs when the explosions occurred, causing confusion among the audience that these explosions might simply have been part of the show.[64] At approximately 21:45, about an hour into the concert,[65] four black-clad men with AK-47 assault rifles entered the hall.[7] Witnesses heard shouts of "Allahu akbar" just before the gunmen calmly and methodically opened fire into the crowd.[7][66] A witness said that he saw armed men enter the Bataclan, and two or three men not wearing masks fired indiscriminately on the crowd.[3] The attack lasted about 20 minutes, with witnesses reporting that the attackers also threw grenades into the crowd.[66] A radio reporter, Julien Pearce, who attended the concert, described the attackers as calm and determined, telling CNN they had reloaded three or four times.[66] (Wikipedia: November 2015 Paris Attacks)
Orcs. These Islamic terrorists are black orcs in the service of the Dark Lord.

The Paris attacks in turn reminds us of the Reign of Terror during the French Revolution, which ended days after the death of the Carmelite nuns in the scaffold:
The Carmelite community was transported to Paris, where they were condemned as a group as traitors and sentenced to death. They were sent to the guillotine on 17 July 1794. They were notable in the manner of their deaths, as, at the foot of the scaffold, the community jointly renewed their religious vows and sang the Veni Creator Spiritus, proper to this occasion.[1] One of the nuns then began to sing a hymn as she mounted the steps of the scaffold, which the rest of the community took up. Accounts vary as to the hymn they used. Some accounts state that they sang the Salve Regina, accorded a special place in the Carmelite Order;[2] more recently it has been argued that they sang Psalm 117, the Laudate Dominum, the psalm sung at the foundation of a new Carmelite monastery.[3] They continued their singing as, one by one, they mounted the scaffold to meet their death. The novice of the community, Sister Constance, was the first to die, then the lay Sisters and externs, and so on, ending with the prioress, Mother Teresa of St. Augustine, O.C.D.(Wikipedia: Martyrs of Compiegne)
Perhaps, the current Reign of Terror of Islamic Jihad would only end in France if the blood of Christian marytrs would spill in France once again, with St. Denis, the patron of Paris, carrying their chopped off heads. France, during the French Revolution, has abandoned the wooden yoke of Christ in favor of the exaltation of Reason as god. And in the streets the revolutionaries cried out "Liberté, égalité, fraternité!". But now France faces a new Enemy which does not subscribe to reason, but to will: the Will of Allah.  The freedom, equality, and brotherhood of the French revolutionaries is now only applicable to those who embrace Islam: the rest, including the French, are second-class citizens under Shariah Law. And all knees must bend before Allah, not because it is reasonable to do so, but because your head will be cut off if you won't. Truly did Jeremiah prophesy regarding the yokes of Christ and Muhammad:
Thus says the LORD: By breaking a wooden yoke bar, you make an iron yoke! 14For thus says the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel: A yoke of iron I have placed on the necks of all these nations serving Nebuchadnezzar, king of Babylon, and they shall serve him; even the wild animals I have given him. (Jer 28:13-14)
 But Christ promised:
Come to me, all you who labor and are burdened,* and I will give you rest. 29* p Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am meek and humble of heart; and you will find rest for yourselves. 30For my yoke is easy, and my burden light. (Mt 11:28-30)

C. LAMENTATION FOR PARIS

Pardon for the long introduction. But perhaps such length may be necessary to make sense of the poem below fashioned after the lamentation of Bregalad. Instead of a single stanza, I made it into four stanzas sandwiched between the words "O liberté, égalité, fraternité!" Alternatively, these words may also serve as a chorus or refrain after each stanza.

O Paris fair, upon your dais

O liberté, égalité, fraternité!

O Paris fair, upon your dais was drawn the fleur de lis
O Paris strong, your courtyards shone in Chateau de Versailles
Your king so bright, your queen so light, their voices cool and soft
And on their heads how golden red the crowns they bore aloft
O Paris dread, your king is dead, his face was sad and gray
His crown was felled, his line was killed forever and a day

O Paris, stay! Recall the days of the Ancién Regime
O Paris, sing! Your church bells ring in Cathédrale Notre Dame
Your noon mass starts, the choir erupts with chants so cool and soft
Bow now your heads and count the beads: the cup is bore aloft!
O Paris, reel! Your nuns were killed, yet with faces calm and gay
Their blood was spilled, and Terror stilled for ever and a day

O Paris tall, above your halls now fly the Tricolour
O Paris fine, your ministers dine in Hòtel Matignon
 Your wine so clear, your food so dear, your fabrics cool and soft
Above your heads, how golden red the lights you bore aloft!
O Paris dead, beneath your head the ground is dry and gray
Your blood was spilled, your voice was stilled for ever and a day

O Paris, rise! Stand up and fight the Daesh of Allah
O Paris, fight! And throw with might your deadly francisca
Your aim is clear, the enemy's here, the air is cool and soft
And on their heads, how golden red the blades they'll bore aloft!
O Paris, tell! How Charles Martel saved Europe from Shariah
And Charlemagne shall reign again. O vive le roi!
 
O liberté, égalité, fraternité!
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