Wednesday, June 17, 2009


I have carefully read over this Little Volume for Children and have found nothing whatever in it contrary to the doctrines of Holy Faith; but, on the contrary, a great deal to charm, instruct, and edify our youthful classes, for whose benefit it has been written
—William Meagher, Vicar General, Dublin, December 14, 1855

The fourth dungeon is the boiling kettle

listen there is a sound
like that of a kettle boiling the blood
the blood is boiling in the scalded brains of that boy
the brain is bubbling in his head
the marrow is bubbling in his bones
the fifth dungeon is the red-hot oven
in which is a little child
hear how it screams to come out
see how it turns and twists itself about
in the fire it beats its head
against the roof of the oven
it stamps its feet upon the floor
of the oven

(outflarfed from the Roman Catholic Book for Children by Reverend J. Furniss, may he live in righteousness)


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