Friday, March 20, 2009

Fluky Friday Find: Little Brown Book of God

(I used to have an occasional feature on the old blog, Making Flippy Floppy, in which I posted some of the forgotten flim-flam I'd find while thrifting, on the floor at Safeway, tucked into library books, basically any type of random ephemera that I deemed interesting or amusing enough to post. I still like the idea, and I've been coming across some interesting things recently, so I'm bringing "Found" back into action.)

Found: Little Brown Book of God, Author Unknown

Where: Coeur d'Alene Homes Thrift Store, 12th & Sherman, Coeur d'Alene (25 cents)

What: Hardbound journal with blank, baby-poo brown cover. The first few pages are torn out violently. Two pages are filled with handwritten prose that's religious yet charmingly abstract and springtimey. (Update: It's a Cat Stephens song, of course. I knew it was vaguely familiar. Thanks, Jeannie Spokane.) On the third page is glued a photo of a lone tree at sunset. The rest of the book (approx 200 pages) is completely blank except for a random page near the back on which is written "life is a beautiful thing."


Jeanie said...

Morning has broken is a Cat Stevens song - I loved him - early 70s. I can sing it for you if you wish. :)

Anonymous said...

The song goes back even further than Cat Stevens...originally a hymn popular in children's services...The hymn originally appeared in the second edition of Songs of Praise (published in 1931), to the tune "Bunessan", arranged by the composer Martin Shaw. In Songs of Praise Discussed, the editor, Percy Dearmer, explains that, as there was need for a hymn to give thanks for each day, English poet and children's author Eleanor Farjeon had been "asked to make a poem to fit the lovely gaelic tune". The original poem can be found in the anthology Children's Bells, under Farjeon's original title, "A Morning Song (For the First Day of Spring)", published by Oxford University Press in 1957. (source - Wikipedia)