Joan Baez recites Wilfred Owen’s “The Parable of the Old Man and the Young”

 

IMG_0680Photo taken in Lebanon, May 2013.  The icon belongs to a private collection.

Joan Baez reciting Wilfred Owen’s poem from a Vanguard record, 1968

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The Parable of the Old Man and the Young

by Wilfred Owen

So Abram rose, and clave the wood, and went,

And took the fire with him, and a knife.

And as they sojourned both of them together,

Isaac the first-born spoke and said, My Father,

Behold the preparations, fire and iron,

But where the lamb for the burnt-offering?

Then Abram bound the youth with belts and straps,

And builded parapets and trenches there,

And stretched forth the knife to slay his son.

When lo! an angel called him out of heaven,

Saying, Lay not thy hand upon the lad,

Neither do anything to him. Behold,

A ram, caught in a thicket by its horns,

Offer the Ram of Pride instead of him.

But the old man would not so, but slew his son,

And half the seed of Europe, one by one.

 

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