The Second Book of Modern Verse; a Selection from the Work of Contemporaneous American Poets

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Author: Jessie Belle Rittenhouse

Chanson of the Bells of Oseney. [Cale Young Rice]

Thirteenth Century

The bells of Oseney
(Hautclere, Doucement, Austyn)
Chant sweetly every day,
And sadly, for our sin.
The bells of Oseney
(John, Gabriel, Marie)
Chant lowly,
Chant slowly,
Chant wistfully and holy
Of Christ, our Paladin.

Hautclere chants to the East
(His tongue is silvery high),
And Austyn like a priest
Sends west a weighty cry.
But Doucement set between
(Like an appeasive nun)
Chants cheerly,
Chants clearly,
As if Christ heard her nearly,
A plea to every sky.

A plea that John takes up
(He is the evangelist)
Till Gabriel’s angel cup
Pours sound to sun or mist.
And last of all Marie
(The virgin-voice of God)
Peals purely,
Demurely,
And with a tone so surely
Divine, that all must hear.

The bells of Oseney
(Doucement, Austyn, Hautclere)
Pour ever day by day
Their peals on the rapt air;
And with their mellow mates
(John, Gabriel, Marie)
Tell slowly,
Tell lowly,
Of Christ the High and Holy,
Who makes the whole world fair.

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Chicago: Jessie Belle Rittenhouse, "Chanson of the Bells of Oseney. [Cale Young Rice]," The Second Book of Modern Verse; a Selection from the Work of Contemporaneous American Poets, ed. Keil, Heinrich, 1822-1894 and trans. Seaton, R. C. in The Second Book of Modern Verse; a Selection from the Work of Contemporaneous American Poets (New York: George E. Wood, 1850), Original Sources, accessed September 23, 2018, http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=CKTQIGPQRIDX52Z.

MLA: Rittenhouse, Jessie Belle. "Chanson of the Bells of Oseney. [Cale Young Rice]." The Second Book of Modern Verse; a Selection from the Work of Contemporaneous American Poets, edited by Keil, Heinrich, 1822-1894, and translated by Seaton, R. C., in The Second Book of Modern Verse; a Selection from the Work of Contemporaneous American Poets, New York, George E. Wood, 1850, Original Sources. 23 Sep. 2018. www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=CKTQIGPQRIDX52Z.

Harvard: Rittenhouse, JB, 'Chanson of the Bells of Oseney. [Cale Young Rice]' in The Second Book of Modern Verse; a Selection from the Work of Contemporaneous American Poets, ed. and trans. . cited in 1850, The Second Book of Modern Verse; a Selection from the Work of Contemporaneous American Poets, George E. Wood, New York. Original Sources, retrieved 23 September 2018, from http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=CKTQIGPQRIDX52Z.