October 31, 2012

Happy Halloween!

The Hag, by Robert Herrick (1648)

The Hag is astride,
This night for to ride;


The Devill and shee together:


Through thick, and through thin,
Now out, and then in,


Though ne’r so foule be the weather.


A Thorn or a Burr
She takes for a Spurre:


With a lash of a Bramble she rides now,


Through Brakes and through Bryars,
O’re Ditches, and Mires,


She followes the Spirit that guides now.


No Beast, for his food,
Dares now range the wood;



But husht in his laire he lies lurking:


While mischiefs, by these,
On Land and on Seas,


At noone of Night are working,


The storme will arise,
And trouble the skies;


This night, and more for the wonder,



The ghost from the Tomb
Affrighted shall come,


Cal’d out by the clap of the Thunder.


Here's hoping it isn't too dark and stormy of a night where you are! Be safe, my moxie fab friends, and have a happy Halloween!

~Cath

22 comments:

maria f. said...

"The Hag is astride,
This night for to ride;..."
just love that use of our language.
Happy Boo Day to you, too.

Pam said...

What a fun poem!! Happy Halloween to you too!

lucretia said...

Very stormy here with high winds, but sunny and mild inside.

Casandra Bennett said...

Love the spooky old house pic. Happy Halloween!

Noreen said...

They're all wonderful images! Thanks for sharing.

Craftilicious said...

what a fabulous poem - thanks for bringing it to our attention.

Barb said...

Fun post, Cath - thank you! And a goolishly Moxie Fab Halloween to you too! :)

Julie S. said...

I've never heard this one before - love it. The pictures you have to go with it are wonderful too. Happy Halloween!

LaurieJ said...

Wonderful poem and images. Great way to set the mood. Happy Halloween!

Tammy said...

Happy Halloween! Spooky images!

Barbara said...

This poem is new to me and I love the spooky images it evokes and the archaic language and spelling! I also see some great quotes from it that could show up on a card or be the inspiration for one. Your pictures were wonderful too! Tonight will not be as spooky or as dark as Monday when Sandy roared through and for that I'm thankful! Happy Halloween!

Helen F. said...

Super fun poem, Cath!
Hope you are safe from the wrath of Sandy. Have a Boo-tiful Halloween, dear friend!

Tona said...

Happy Halloween Cath!

Kirsty Vittetoe said...

Happy Halloween!!!!!

Scrapycandy said...

Someone, wink wink, had waaaay too much fun with the Halloween theme. Just loved this!

rhonda nickol said...

Happy Halloween Moxie Fab!

Mirta Sanchez said...

I do love a vintage Halloween!

Auntie Em said...

Great images! Thanks for sharing.
Happy Hallowe'en! :)

Susan said...

Thanks for the great Hallowe'en poetry and images Cath!

Colleen said...

Wonderful poem and great photos.
Thank you
ColleenB.

Colleen Dietrich said...

Fabulous poem and collection of images. You have such neat taste, Cath!

Big Mamma~ a.k.a. Mary S said...

Love all the halloween images. Happy Halloween