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Old 06-April-2002, 08:39
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Default Suffering for beginners - "Candide"

Before moving on to discuss Voltaire's original "Candide" on the thread Did we crucify the true "Messiah"? it may be the following lyrics (by Richard Wilbur) to Leonard Bernstein's musical version will provide an insight into the serious discussion on the "Messiah" thread and a little light relief here.

The original relates to the ages of venereal diseases but it does not take to much imagination to update to the modern scourge of HIV.

Dear Boy -sung to Candide by his tutor a philosopher called Pangloss

Dear boy, you will not hear me speak
With sorrow or with rancor
Of what has shrivelled up my cheek
And blasted it with canker;
'Twas Love, Great Love, that did the deed,
Through Nature's gentle laws,
And how should ill effects proceed
From so divine a cause?

Dear boy:
Sweet honey comes from bees that sting,
As you are well aware;
To one adept in reasoning,
Whatever pains disease may bring
Are but the tangy seasoning
To Love's delicious fare.

Dear boy:
Columbus and his men, they say,
Conveyed the virus hither,
Whether my features rot away
And vital powers wither;
Yet had they not traversed the seas
And come infected back,
Why, think of all the luxuries
The modern world would lack

Dear boy:
All bitter thigs conduce to sweet
As this example shows;
Without the little spirochete
We'd have no chocolate to eat
Nor would tobacco's fragrance greet
The European nose

Each nation guards its native land
With cannon and with sentry
Inspectors look for contraband
At every point of entry.
Yet nothing can prevent the spread
Of Love's divine disease;
It rounds the world from bed to bed
As pretty as you please.

Dear boy:
Men worship Venus everywhere,
As may be plainly seen;
Her decorations with I bear
Are nobler than the croix de guerre
And gained in service of our fair
And universal Queen

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Old 06-April-2002, 22:28
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Ms FB has been ITCHING for me to add this link...........

http://www.internet-promotion.com/ca...st/infections/
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Old 07-April-2002, 00:14
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W/L stands, unfurls a Union Flag and, hopelessly out of tune, begins singing "Rule Britannia" very loudly

What's wrong with a good old British site M8

National Candida Society UK

Hope you are just being amusing and your dear partner is not suffering
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Old 07-April-2002, 00:15
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I am and she's not m8.

sorry but couldn't resist that
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Old 07-April-2002, 00:31
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Glad to hear it was only the dawn thrush

In the clear light of the day I've got your joke ..... "Candide" and "Candida"

Hope it was intentional confusion

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