Friend and Helper

“O Mole! the beauty of it! The merry bubble and joy, the thin, clear, happy call of the distant piping! Such music I never dreamed of, and the call in it is stronger even than the music is sweet! Row on, Mole, row! For the music and the call must be for us.” –Kenneth Grahame

“What concerns Pan is fit to be sung before all mankind. Indeed his doings are most honourable.” –Lord Dunsany

“It is said that despite its many glaring (and occasionally fatal) inaccuracies, the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy itself has outsold the Encyclopedia Galactica because it is slightly cheaper, and because it has the words ‘DON’T PANIC’ in large, friendly letters on the cover.” –Douglas Adams

“The reports of my death have been greatly exaggerated.” –Mark Twain


2. Die drei Schläfer (Märchen und Erzählungen für Anfänger)


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Märchen und Erzählungen für Anfänger.
Erster Teil.
by H.A. Guerber

[Public Domain]

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2. Die drei Schläfer 2

[2] This is one of the German Legends, which Karl Simrock, the folk-lorist of the Rhine, has placed in his collection of poems, where it is written in the popular dialect of the inhabitants of Bonn. Similar stories are told of sundry localities, and these sleepers are merely the counterpart of the Sleepers of Ephesus.

[I’d really like to provide something changed to modern spelling rules and an audio, but I’m short on time, and didn’t want to wait too long until posting the next part. Also, why I’m reusing art. The audio, I thought I could do a decent job of it myself, and I still think I can, but apparently not while being recorded… — Cornelius]

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Der Pfeiffer von Hameln / Music Meister

Märchen und Erzählungen für Anfänger→ PrefaceVocabulary
Project Gutenberg ⇒ archive.orgH.A. Guerber (en.wikipedia)

Märchen und Erzählungen für Anfänger.
Erster Teil.
by H.A. Guerber

[Public Domain]

6. Der Pfeiffer von Hameln.6

[6] The Pied Piper of Hamelin, so charmingly rendered in verse by Browning, is one of the most popular folk-tales in Germany. Its connection with the early superstitions of the northern races is explained in the author’s “Myths of Northern Lands,” in the chapter on Odin.

[I’m skipping forward to No.6 because I happen to already have art for that story. Note that spellings and phrases in these texts may be slightly archaic. Possibly I’ll provide a modenized version at some point –Cornelius]

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On a wing and a prayer

“If God lived on earth, people would throw in His windows” –proverb

“Insofar as I may be heard by anything, which may or may not care what I say, I ask, if it matters, that you be forgiven for anything you may have done or failed to do which requires forgiveness. Conversely, if not forgiveness but something else may be required to insure any possible benefit for which you may be eligible after the destruction of your body, I ask that this, whatever it may be, be granted or withheld, as the case may be, in such a manner as to insure your receiving said benefit. I ask this in my capacity as your elected intermediary between yourself and that which may not be yourself, but which may have an interest in the matter of your receiving as much as it is possible for you to receive of this thing, and which may in some way be influenced by this ceremony. Amen.”

— ‘The Agnostic’s Prayer‘ (Roger Zelazny, Creatures of Light and Darkness)

Invictus by William Ernest Henley

Out of the night that covers me,
Black as the pit from pole to pole,
I thank whatever gods may be
For my unconquerable soul.

In the fell clutch of circumstance
I have not winced nor cried aloud.
Under the bludgeonings of chance
My head is bloody, but unbowed.

Beyond this place of wrath and tears
Looms but the Horror of the shade,
And yet the menace of the years
Finds and shall find me unafraid.

It matters not how strait the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll,
I am the master of my fate,
I am the captain of my soul.


“God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change,
Courage to change the things I can,
And wisdom to know the difference.” — ‘Serenity Prayer’ by Reinhold Niebuhr

“Come, come, whoever you are. Wanderer, worshiper, lover of leaving. It doesn’t matter. Ours is not a caravan of despair. come, even if you have broken your vows a thousand times. Come, yet again, come, come.”
Jalal Al-Din Rumi

“I’m not normally a praying man, but if you’re up there… please save me, Superman!”
— ‘Homer Simpson’ (Brian Scully, Lost Our Lisa)