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Judith ’twas brillig

23 Sep

Bernardino Fusari, “Judith and Holofernes,” 17th century, Oil on canvas, 118 x189 cm, Accademia di Belle Arti Tadini, Lovere, Italy

Too bad the image is so small, because Fusari has captured a rich moment in the story of Judith.   The moment in which Judith is delivering the second fatal blow to Holofernes and the Maid is checking to see if anyone has noticed the screams.   “One, two! One, two! And through and through …”   which reminds me of the only poem I ever memorized.

JABBERWOCKY
by Lewis Carroll

`Twas brillig, and the slithy toves did gyre and gimble in the wabe:
All mimsy were the borogoves, and the mome raths outgrabe.

 “Beware the Jabberwock, my son!  The jaws that bite, the claws that catch!
Beware the Jubjub bird, and shun the frumious Bandersnatch!”

He took his vorpal sword in hand:  Long time the manxome foe he sought —
So rested he by the Tumtum tree, and stood awhile in thought.

And, as in uffish thought he stood, the Jabberwock, with eyes of flame,
Came whiffling through the tulgey wood, and burbled as it came!

One, two! One, two! And through and through the vorpal blade went snicker-snack!
He left it dead, and with its head he went galumphing back.

“And, has thou slain the Jabberwock?  Come to my arms, my beamish boy!
O frabjous day! Callooh! Callay!’  He chortled in his joy.

`Twas brillig, and the slithy toves did gyre and gimble in the wabe;
All mimsy were the borogoves, and the mome raths outgrabe.

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