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Church – Door Should Still Stand Open

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Church-doors should still stand open, night and day,
Open to all who come for praise or prayer,
Laden with gift of love or load of care,
Nimbused with gold, or flecked with locks of gray,
Mother, or snow-white bride, or pallid clay,
The blithe, the sad, the uncomely as the fair,
Each on his secret errand wending there,
Nor even the mighty and strong be turned away.
And so the poet’s heart should ever be
Portal of joy and welcomer of woe,
That makes the deaf to hear, the blind to see,
Open confessional for high and low,
An unshut shrine where all may come and go,
And by their tears an enriched sanctuary.

 

– Alfred Austin

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10th July – On This Day In History

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Born:

1509 John Calvin (protestant religious reformer and founder of Calvinism) 

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Died:

2015 Omar Sharif (actor – Doctor Zhivago) 

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On This Day:

1890 Wyoming becomes the 44th State of the USA

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Have a good Tuesday, 10th July

7th March – On This Day In History

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Born:

1960 Ivan Lendl (tennis champion)

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Died:

1274 Thomas Aquinas (theologian and saint)

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On This Day:

1933 Game of “Monopoly” is invented

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Have a good Wednesday, 7th March

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2nd March – On This Day In History

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Born:

1793 Sam Houston (politician who brought Texas into the USA)

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Died:

1791 John Wesley (co-founder of the Methodist church)

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On This Day:

1836 Republic of Texas declares independence (from Mexico)

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Have a good Friday, 2nd March 

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19th February – On This Day In History

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Born:

1933 Yoko Ono (Mrs John Lennon, Japanese singer)

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Died:

1546 Martin Luther (major leader of the Protestant Reformation)

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On This Day:

1951 Nepal becomes a constitutional monarchy 

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Have a good Monday, 19th February

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The Levelled Churchyard

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“O passenger, pray list and catch
Our sighs and piteous groans,
Half stifled in this jumbled patch
Of wrenched memorial stones!

“We late-lamented, resting here,
Are mixed to human jam,
And each to each exclaims in fear,
‘I know not which I am!’

“The wicked people have annexed
The verses on the good;
A roaring drunkard sports the text
Teetotal Tommy should!

“Where we are huddled none can trace,
And if our names remain,
They pave some path or p-ing place
Where we have never lain!

“There’s not a modest maiden elf
But dreads the final Trumpet,
Lest half of her should rise herself,
And half some local strumpet!

“From restorations of Thy fane,
From smoothings of Thy sward,
From zealous Churchmen’s pick and plane
Deliver us O Lord! Amen!”

 

– Thomas Hardy

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29th December – On This Day In History

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Born:

1936 Mary Tyler Moore (actress)

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Died:

1170 Thomas Becket (English Archbishop)

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On This Day:

1845 Texas admitted as the 28th State of the USA

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Have a good Friday, 29th December

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