Wednesday, February 27, 2013

There were even formal prayers for success in the dovecote


BENEDICTION of The DOVE-COTE, COCK and HEN ROOST, and OTHER AVIARIES.

From The Protestant's Companion: A Collection of Presevatives Against Popery published by T Brettell, London. 1829

"Everlasting God! before whose view are all the angels, and by whose nod all things are governed, who also, in thy excellence, doth not cease to regard the meanest objects which are necessary for human frailty, and who givest food to all flesh, and fillest every living being with blessing; as supplicants we implore thee to shed thy benediction on this pigeon-house (or poultry, or keep of geese, ducks and drakes, &c.), that redounding to us, thy servants, by the agency of thy grace, the glory of thy majesty may be exalted."


Charles Joshua Chaplin, (French artist, 1825-1891) A Beauty with Doves

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