A Treasury of Humorous Poetry continues. This time, one of my ethnic oxen is gored, so you can tell I mean it about giving some love to dialect poetry! We also have a couple of ballads of romantic love gone wrong, a retelling of Robinson Crusoe’s contented castaway life, and a slice of parental life.
“Widow MacShane” by Robert Henry Newell (writing as ‘Orpheus C. Kerr’)
“Robinson Crusoe” by Charles Edward Carryl
“The Ballad of the Oysterman” by Oliver Wendell Holmes
“Only Seven: A Pastoral Story After Wordsworth” by Henry S. Leigh
The Life of St. Anthony of Egypt, written by St. Athanasius, was one of the most popular books among early Christians. It also helped make the budding desert monasticism movement wildly popular with Christians throughout the ancient world, as they saw a way that led to holiness in a world suddenly unthreatened by pagans’ persecution unto martyrdom.
Part 1 introduces us to St. Anthony, and shows us his motivation and early inspirations in living a holy life according to the evangelical counsels.