Monday, February 9, 2009

Belloc on Blogging


I was thinking today whether Belloc or Chesterton would blog, if they had the opportunity. Chesterton, I think, even though his secretary would have to type for him, would certainly have used this rather odd idiosyncratic medium. Belloc would not. He needed to be paid for all his writing, or "hack work," as he called it and, unless you appeal, as some bloggers do, for PayPal donations, this is not a money-making business. But it would have been fun.

A Bellocian Quasi-Limerick:


I wonder if Belloc would blog?

I suppose that the question is odd.

He would say: "not today, because there's no pay,

Can you pay for a pint at the pub?"

1 comment:

laurie said...

See the Spouse of the Ironic Catholic (http://ironiccatholic.blogspot.com/2009/01/in-honor-of-aquinas-saints-limerick.html),
who credits St. Thomas Aquinas with the first known limerick.


Sit vitiorum meorum evacuatio
Concupiscentae et libidinis exterminatio,
Caritatis et patientiae,
Humilitatis et obedientiae,
Omniumque
virtutum augmentatio.

Translated:

Let my viciousness be emptied,
Desire and lust banished,
Charity and patience,
Humility and obedience,
And all the virtues increased.