Friday, November 26, 2010

Charge of the Light Brigade.

Tom's Journal.

It was my Dad who first inspired me with some of his boyhood memorization of poetry, when I was in grade school, and he told me that some of his brothers on their farm near Liebenthal, Kansas had reputations of good and witty memory too. I like good poems! I love the rhythm and rhyme that makes them come alive, and tried my own hand at writing a few in high school-- while playing guitar in a few small, lesser known rock bands. But you know... songs are just music added to poetry; At least in the good old days [1960's and '70's -- IMHO] before stupid 'rap' crap came about with every other word being foul. But that's just my personal opinion, friends. What do YOU think?? I also love Gospel music and wish I knew more by heart.


Tom Schuckman

The Charge Of The Light Brigade
by Alfred, Lord Tennyson

Alfred, Lord Tennyson

This poem was written to memorialize a suicidal charge by light cavalry over open terrain by British forces in the Battle of Balaclava (Ukraine) in the Crimean War (1854-56). 247 men of the 637 in the charge were killed or wounded. Britain entered the war, which was fought by Russia against Turkey, Britain and France, because Russia sought to control the Dardanelles. Russian control of the Dardanelles threatened British sea routes.

Many in the west best know of this war today because of Florence Nightingale, who trained and led nurses aiding the wounded during the war in a manner innovative for those times. The War was also noteworthy as an early example of the work of modern war correspondents.

The Charge Of The Light Brigade
by Alfred, Lord Tennyson
Memorializing Events in the Battle of Balaclava, October 25, 1854
Written 1854

Half a league half a league,
Half a league onward,
All in the valley of Death
Rode the six hundred:
'Forward, the Light Brigade!
Charge for the guns' he said:
Into the valley of Death
Rode the six hundred.

'Forward, the Light Brigade!'
Was there a man dismay'd ?
Not tho' the soldier knew
Some one had blunder'd:
Theirs not to make reply,
Theirs not to reason why,
Theirs but to do & die,
Into the valley of Death
Rode the six hundred.

Cannon to right of them,
Cannon to left of them,
Cannon in front of them
Volley'd & thunder'd;
Storm'd at with shot and shell,
Boldly they rode and well,
Into the jaws of Death,
Into the mouth of Hell
Rode the six hundred.

Flash'd all their sabres bare,
Flash'd as they turn'd in air
Sabring the gunners there,
Charging an army while
All the world wonder'd:
Plunged in the battery-smoke
Right thro' the line they broke;
Cossack & Russian
Reel'd from the sabre-stroke,
Shatter'd & sunder'd.
Then they rode back, but not
Not the six hundred.

Cannon to right of them,
Cannon to left of them,
Cannon behind them
Volley'd and thunder'd;
Storm'd at with shot and shell,
While horse & hero fell,
They that had fought so well
Came thro' the jaws of Death,
Back from the mouth of Hell,
All that was left of them,
Left of six hundred.

When can their glory fade?
O the wild charge they made!
All the world wonder'd.
Honour the charge they made!
Honour the Light Brigade,
Noble six hundred!

Note: This poem, including punctuation, is reproduced from a scan of the poem written out by Tennyson in his own hand in 1864. The scan was made available online by the University of Virginia.

Historical Documents

The evils of Harry Potter.

Tom's Journal.

Hey Folks,
The majority of so-called 'Christians' in the world are plastic, unfortunately, and will NOT be Raptured up when the trumpets sound... sorry. Surely God can see the contents of the heart and mind when many attend church for what ever the wrong reasons. It's a struggle for me too, a sinner, who has much to work on, but the Bible is our guide and permanent 'rule book.' Many figure that 'IF they don't read/ study the Bible-- they will manage to skip by claiming ignorance' --Ha! But God knows everything and will judge all. It's certainly true: "That if thou confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved." ~Romans 10:9. And verse 10: "For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation."

So there it is, friends. I still think that new Christians ought to read the book of John first and then the deeper book of Romans, second, to get a good head start.... and then read the entire Bible, over again, etc. But that's just my personal point of view. But when the commandments of Deuteronomy are repeated in the New Testament, we must understand that God has not changed, and He hates evil and witchcraft/ divination! To say otherwise is a lie.

The goofy assertion that 'we parents are only taking our kids to see a brand new Harry Potter movie on a holiday to make them happy' is pure BS!! Would you also take you kids to a strip joint and allow them to get drunk and act stupid?? Why would a Christian parent allow any filth to corrupt their kids' minds and hearts? A little leaven will spoil the whole batch of bread dough. A little bit of oil can spoil/ poison the entire ship's drinking water when they are out at sea! Do you eat from dirty dishes and silverware too? The Bible is very clear about getting contaminated from the occult, witches, demons and divination... and once it takes hold-- your kids are going for a long, wild, destructive ride, right now in these 'End Times' before the Rapture! Do you think that is cool? As if our children don't have enough dark spirits and temptation to worry about now. I see it as: taking a nice, hot, soapy shower-- and then messing yourself up by jumping in a polluted pig wallow.

Look what happened to King Saul after he consulted with a witch, and how his entire house was trashed and ruined. I challenge anyone to show me that getting involved in witchcraft and sorcery is OK with God. 'You cannot partake of God's table-- and the table of demons; You cannot serve two masters.' Beware. If you click on the following links below, you will have a finite description of Harry Potter-- and it may NOT be politically correct.

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