Monday, February 4, 2008

Some Meme or Other

Seems I've been tagged for a meme by The Spirit of Vatican II "Catholic" Faith Community. This meme has no name, but after looking at its requirements, I hereby dub it "The Copyright Violation Meme." Here we go.

1. Pick up the nearest book (of at least 123 pages).

This is bad. I don't keep the interesting books near my desk: the nearest book is the phone book, the second nearest book is Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary, and the third nearest is probably either Hacker's A Writer's Reference or the Catechism of the Catholic Church, the first of which is no fun and the latter of which feels like a cop-out for a meme like this. So here's what I'm going to do: I'm going to walk over to the bookshelf with my eyes closed and bring back the first non-comic book of sufficient length that falls into my hands.

Oh look! It's Reginald Scot's The Discoverie of Witchcraft!

2. Open the book to page 123.


3. Find the fifth sentence.

For there it plainelie appeareth, that the adder heareth not the voice of the charmer, charme he never so cunninglie: contrarie to the poets fabling,
Frigidus in pratis contando rumpitur anguis.

The coldish snake in medowes greene,
With charmes is burst in peeces cleene,

But hereof more shall be said hereafter in due place.

You get all that?

4. Post the next three sentences.

Okay, you asked for it:

I grant that words sometimes have singular virtue and efficacie, either in persuasion or disuasion, as also diverse other waies; so as thereby some are converted from the waie of perdition, to the estate of salvation: and so contrariwise, according to the saieing of Solomon; Death and life are in the instrument of the toong: but even therein God worketh all in all, as well in framing the heart of the one, as in directing the toong of the other: as appeareth in manie places of the holie scriptures.

That which is forbidden in the scriptures touching inchantment or witch craft, is not the wonderfull working with words. For where words have had miraculous operaton, there hath beene alwaies the speciall providence, power and grace of God uttered to the strengthening of the faith of Gods people, and to the furtherance of the gospell: as when the apostle with a word slue Ananias and Saphira.

That's right, Scot! You tell those Papist, wait a minute.

5. Tag five people.

Five, huh? This thing's already made the rounds, too, so who'm I gonna tag? I know! I'll tag people who regularly comment here, including some who don't appear to have blogs. I tag Mary, Thomas, Xena Catolica, Templar (what's a guy with a name like Templar doing without a blog?), and Esther.
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