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That man could write, Kyd, not Kit

What is there yet in a son? Ay, or yet?
Why might not a man love a calf as well?
Or melt in passion o’er a frisking kid
As for a son? Methinks a young bacon
Or a fine little smooth horse-colt
Should move a man as much as doth a son;
For one of those in very little time
Will grow to some good use, whereas a son,
The more he grows in stature and in years,
The more unsquared, unbevelled , he appears,
Reckons his parents among the rank of fools,
Strikes care upon their heads with his mad riots,
Makes them look old before they meet with age.
This is a son.
And what a loss were this, considered truly?
Oh, but my Horatio
Grew out of reach of these insatiate humours;
He loved his loving parents,
He was my comfort and his mother’s joy,
The very arm that did hold up our house. —Hieronimo, Third Addition to The Spanish Tragedy (by Thomas Kyd)

This is a lovely bit of description. The picture of the cute little farm animals is rather moving somehow. And he goes on to make an accurate description of teenagers. Even then they drove parents to distraction and worry, even then they thought their parents didn't understand.

The sorrow of Hieronimo still hurts to read.


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Jan. 29th, 2014 12:41 pm (UTC)
Ah. Sweet.

Apropos of very little, I read something fascinating t'other day. That the words for farm animals - cow, pig, etc - come from Anglo-Saxon, but the words for the meat - beef, pork - come from Norman! The invader becomes the top of the food chain?
Jan. 29th, 2014 04:31 pm (UTC)
Yes! I've raised seven kids (plus was 'substitute Mom' for a few of their friends who had poor/missing parents!). We all survived and they are all doing well, but like teething and toilet training, it's hard going through it!!
Jan. 30th, 2014 10:21 pm (UTC)
You're not wrong about him being able to write. Isn't it astonishing the way that words, arranged by some strange skill, can captivate and move you? I've read very little Kyd but this is amazing. There's something about the arrangement of the words and images that is Just Right.
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