Thursday, 14 November 2013
Saturday, 9 November 2013
Thursday, 31 October 2013
I would respectfully remind you of this Blog's raison d'être, to:
- research fact;
- participate in serious Joseph-related discussion and,
- contribute factual information.
As this Blog is directly linked from the Joseph Carey Merrick Tribute website, we must at all times keep our feet well grounded in fact, for otherwise, the website and FoJCM's reputation will suffer. You'll understand that, I can't allow that to happen. I would prefer to remove this Blog altogether, rather than besmirch the reputation of the Tribute site or the FoJCM.
Please keep these things in mind, when posting to this Blog site.
I thank you for your understanding,
My love, as always,
Founder and Chair, Friends of Joseph Carey Merrick
Wednesday, 25 September 2013
Thursday, 22 August 2013
'Tis true my form is something odd
But blaming me is blaming God
Could I create myself anew
I would not fail in pleasing you.
If I could reach from pole to pole
Or grasp the ocean with my span
I would be measured by the soul
The mind's the standard of the man.""
Then, in their book, "The True History of the Elephant Man," Michael Howell & Peter Ford figured out that Joseph had borrowed from "False Greatness" and changed the wording slightly to suit his strong sense of self-dignity. Well, it turns out that Joseph probably did write the first four lines himself. I've discovered that they don't appear in "False Greatness" at all!
Isaac Watts, like Joseph, was a small man in delicate health most of his life but he had a fiery spirit, and started a revolution in church music. He was sick of hearing the same old psalms every week, so he wrote hundreds of new hymns that we still sing today, like "Joy to the World" and "O God Our Help in Ages Past."
Here's Isaac Watts' version of the lines from "False Greatness":
Were I so tall to reach the pole,
Or grasp the ocean with my span,
I must be measur’d by my soul
The mind’s the standard of the man
Thia is powerful stuff. It must have meant a lot to Joseph.