One dessert to rule them all. It’s Lord of the Crumbs, starring Cookie Monster as Gobble. Can he find his precious?
—Funeral Blues by W. H. Auden
Funeral Blues by W. H. Auden
read by Tom Hiddleston
Stop all the clocks, cut off the telephone,
Prevent the dog from barking with a juicy bone,
Silence the pianos and with muffled drum
Bring out the coffin, let the mourners come.
Let aeroplanes circle moaning overhead
Scribbling on the sky the message ‘He is Dead’.
Put crepe bows round the white necks of the public doves,
Let the traffic policemen wear black cotton gloves.
He was my North, my South, my East and West,
My working week and my Sunday rest,
My noon, my midnight, my talk, my song;
I thought that love would last forever: I was wrong.
The stars are not wanted now; put out every one,
Pack up the moon and dismantle the sun,
Pour away the ocean and sweep up the wood;
For nothing now can ever come to any good.
A 19th century engraving of a scene from the Romantic novel ‘Windsor Castle’
In this scene, a masked ball is taking place when a patron comes up to Anne Boleyn and shows her to her missing husband who is wooing Jane Seymour. Anne critizes Jane for being with her Queen’s (Anne’s) husband, Jane responds “It would be Queen Katharine who had spoke those words”, referring to Katharine of Aragon.