Sunday, February 19, 2006

One for Ken ;-))

"In January 1827 Sir Walter Scott wrote in his diary: 'Called on Skene [the watercolourist...], to give him, for the Antiquarian Society, a heart, human apparently, stuck full of pins. It was found lying opposite to the threshold of an old tenement in [Dalkeith], a little below the surface; it is in perfect preservation.' It turned out to be a calf's heart; and is now in the Edinburgh Museum of Antiquities, mottled orangey brown, looking like a haggis with cloves stuck in it." - The Book of the Heart, Louisa Young (p. 228)

"Tamsin, the enchanted knight of Scots ballad (...) was loved by the Fairy Queen and when fair Janet won him back, the Queen cried:

"'If I had kent what I ken this night
If I had kent it yestreen,
I wad hae taen out thy heart of flesh
and put in a heart o' stane.'" (p.231)

4 Comments:

Blogger Sebastian Aristos said...

I might have to show this blog entry to Trish and see what she makes of it. I wonder what the book you are reading is about.

8:53 pm  
Blogger asgif666 said...

the heart, from the medical history of its anatomy and surgery, etc, through to the religious, artistic, spiritual, mystical etc. ;-))

9:58 pm  
Blogger Ken said...

Gruesome bunch, us Scots. What a thing to do with yer dinner, though. lol
I haven't heard of this before, Claire. Where did you find it? And, like Seb, I would like to know what the book is about.

11:34 am  
Blogger asgif666 said...

The Book of the Heart, Louisa Hay, goes into all the ways people talk about, write about, depict the heart, from the medical/scientific/surgical angle, through the artistic (including the division of the originally more anatomically correct 'pinecone-shaped' hearts into the extremely stylized, commonly recognised "heart shape", as on a deck of playing cards, Valentine's cards etc.) through to the religious, spiritual, mystical, alchemical... How does that sound, Ken and Sebi? ;-))

5:50 pm  

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