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ballad of a nun
Posted by: Ms. Frankie Bope (---.ply.kconline.com)
Date: June 18, 2002 11:38PM

Help! I read a poem that I thought was titled, "the Ballad of a Nun". The poem was about a young nun who could hear the carnival in a nearby town and finally ran barefooted with her feet bleeding to go to the carnival and to "worship wicked man". She partied until she was old, and ran back to the church where she died in Mother Mary's arms. I believe it took place in France in the era of 1700 or 1800's. I don't remember the author, but the poem is beautiful. It is very long. I've done intensive search on the internet, but cannot find this poem.

Re: find a poem
Posted by: Desi (---.clientlogic.ie)
Date: June 19, 2002 07:28AM

It reminds me of the old dutch story/poem Beatrijs. It is about a nun who falls in love and Maria takes her place. After years and years of sinfull living (she even had to work as a whore to support her children, after her lover left her) she went back to the nunnery and no one had noticed she had gone. Maybe the dutch and french story are related in some way.

Re: find a poem
Posted by: Ms. Frankie Bope (---.ply.kconline.com)
Date: June 19, 2002 07:40PM

Thank you for your reply. As I recall, this nun didn't have children .
It was a ballad about the desires a young girl has, and how when she broke free, she went comptetely wild, pursuing all the pleasures of life. She kinda went overboard. It is such a beautiful story, I hope someone will recognize it for me. I believe I read it in a book of British poetry.

Re: find a poem
Posted by: Pam Adams (---.csupomona.edu)
Date: June 19, 2002 08:46PM

It's apparently by a writer named John Davidson-- couldn't find it on the web, but this link will tell you a little more.



Re: find a poem
Posted by: carmen harrison (---.fedexsupplychain.com)
Date: June 20, 2002 02:46PM

Looking for Langston Hughes "I Know Rivers"

Re: find a poem
Posted by: Pam Adams (---.csupomona.edu)
Date: June 21, 2002 06:50PM

This one? You can hear it read by Hughes at this website:

[www.poets.org] /> pam

The Negro Speaks of Rivers
Langston Hughes

I've known rivers:
I've known rivers ancient as the world and older than the
flow of human blood in human veins.

My soul has grown deep like the rivers.

I bathed in the Euphrates when dawns were young.
I built my hut near the Congo and it lulled me to sleep.
I looked upon the Nile and raised the pyramids above it.
I heard the singing of the Mississippi when Abe Lincoln
went down to New Orleans, and I've seen its muddy
bosom turn all golden in the sunset.

I've known rivers:
Ancient, dusky rivers.

My soul has grown deep like the rivers.

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