Skip to comments.The Bailiff and Barack Obama: one Hell of a tale
Posted on 01/08/2012 10:29:07 AM PST by Oldpuppymax
There is a Fourteenth century story of a Bailiffthe hated town collector of rents and enforcer of labor serviceswho, while riding to a village one day to collect rents, met the Devil himself in human form. Where are you going, asked the Devil? To the next village on my masters business, replied the Bailiff.
Upon introducing himself, the Devil asked the Bailiff if he would take whatever was freely offered him. Yes, replied the Bailiff who then asked the same question of the Devil.
The Devil replied that, although also in quest of gain, he would NOT be willing to take whatever men would give him, but only what they would gladly bestow with their whole heart and soul.
As they approached the village, they saw a plowman angrily commending to the Devil his oxen which had repeatedly strayed off course. The Bailiff said to the Devil, Behold, they are surely yours! No, responded the Devil. They were in no wise given from the heart.
As they entered the town, they heard a child wailing and its mother wishing it to the Devil. Said the Bailiff, This is yours, indeed! Not at all, said the Devil, for she has no desire to lose her son.
Reaching the end of the village, a poverty stricken widow whose only cow the Bailiff had seized the previous day, saw him coming and...
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Indeed. I will gladly second.
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Thanks Oldpuppymax.There is a Fourteenth century story of a Bailiffâthe hated town collector of rents and enforcer of labor services...Just adding to the catalog, not sending a general distribution.
In 2012, both Groundhog Day and the State of the Union address will occur on the same day.
This is an ironic juxtaposition of events.
One involves a meaningless ritual in which we look to an insignificant creature of little intelligence for prognostication.
The other involves a groundhog.
POST OF THE YEAR!
Thanks bhf. :’) Larry (FReeper LS) posted it on his FB, I spotted it this afternoon and shared it. It’s an oldie (it turns out), only the President’s name changes.
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