Mots D'Heures: Gousses, Rames

The d'Antin Manuscript

Raseuse arrête, valet de Tsar bat loups

Jouse gare et suite, un sot voyou. [1]

[1] This is a description of an incident at the Russian Imperial court. A valet beats off some wolves, while the lady barber is asked to stop shaving the Tsar. The last three words chide the stupid oaf of a valet for interrupting so delicate an operation (haemophilia was a scourge of the Imperial family), The wolves were really at fault, but this was only one of countless occasions when men were unjustly persecuted, making the revolution of 1917 inevitable.

The d'Antin Manuscript was published in 1967 by Courtlandt H. K. Van Rooten by Angus & Robertson (U.K.) Ltd., 16 Ship Street, Brighton, Sussex.
It was edited and annotated by Luis d'Antin Van Rooten.

The above poem is intended to be read aloud.