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Seven Things Aloom -- track fourteen: Seven Things Aloom

Posted on April 5, 2013

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The wizard was not alone, musing above his tomes:

a little girl smiled and asked him to style the figures a-ranked on high.

"What do you think they're called?  How do you see them all?

Seven things here, and one, my dear, looks like a brand-new moon."

 

Hey, diddle, the cat and the fiddle,

the cow jumped over the moon;

the little dog laughed to see such sport,

and the dish ran away with the spoon.

"Seven things aloom,

yes—one of them's the moon."

 

"Th'one with the horns is a cow, over the moon , somehow;

top of the stack and arching its back, a cat's at the window, now.

Leaning down over his bow, playing a reel, but slow,

a fid-dl-er seems to be in a dream, fid-dl-ing all alone."

Hey, etc.

 

"This one's a naughty dog  , finding the door unlocked:

see how the thing is eager and keen, ready to take a walk.

The middle one's round and flat , and we've got a dish like that,

the smaller one, too, its handle in view,

's the spoon that comes with the platter."

Hey, etc

 

Gloomy old cat, jolly wide fiddle,

flash cow, and maidenly moon;

nippety dog, laughing and little,

bright dish and beautiful spoon.

"Seven things aloom (aloft, aloom);

yes—one of them's the moon." 

 

©2000 Thom Moore, reg. IMRO, MCPS

 

The whole lovely mystery is laid out for you ... a sort of puzzle, if you like.  The nursery rhyme, ostensibly nonsensical and childish, is deep, deep, deep ... containing as it does the seven symbols that lie behind every seven-thing that was ever thought of, beginning with the days of the week themselves.  The image at the top is of the Ptolemaic or Platonic universe ... and the song is based on the nursery rhyme, which was obviously written by someone who knew what the original scheme meant, and was amused to see what a child would make of it ...