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john davies
notes from a small vicar
from a parish
in Liverpool, UK

    Tuesday, November 25, 2008
    We walk among giants
     
    A few words of wisdom from old George Herbert
    By no means runne in debt: take thine own measure.
    Who cannot live on twentie pound a yeare,
    Cannot on fourtie: he's a man of pleasure,
    A kinde of thing that's for it self too deere.
       The curious unthrift makes his clothes too wide,
       And spares himself, but would his taylor chide.
    Well, I'm afraid I can't run on twenty pound a year. In fact I spent precisely that amount on Saxondale series 2 in HMV Sheffield today as a little gift to myself after two intensive days at UTU, of supervision and discussion of the first three months of MPhil work. I'm honoured to be in the company of great minds. The Herbert quote comes from the new website of St. Andrews, Bemerton, where my friend Simon now sits in the rector's chair once occupied by the celebrated priest-poet. Privilege, that. Must seem pretty awesome too. We walk among giants. Including those with tight waistbands.