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Chapter 21
How Opal Names Names of the Lambs of Aidan of Iona and Seeks for the Soul of Peter Paul Rubens

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  Today was a very stormy day -- more rainy than other stormy days. So we had cathedral service on the hay in the barn. Mathilde Plantagenet was below us in her stall, and she did moo moos while I did sing the choir-service. Plato and Pliny , the two bats, hung on the rafters in a dark corner. Lars Porsena of Clusium perched on the back of Brave Horatius . Thomas Chatterton Jupiter Zeus sat at my feet and munched leaves while I said prayers. Lucian Horace Ovid Virgil was on my right shoulder, and Louis II, le Grand Condé , was on my left shoulder part oft he time; then he did crawl in my sleeve to have a sleep. Solomon Grundy was asleep by my side in his christening robe , and a sweet picture he was in it. On my other side was his little sister, Anthonya Mundy , who has not got as much curl in her tail as has Solomon Grundy. 342 }
  Clementine , the Plymouth Rock hen , was late come to service. She came up from the stall of the gentle Jersey cow just when I was through singing " Hosanna in excelsis." She came and perched on the back of Brave Horatius , back of Lars Porsena of Clusium . Then I said more prayers, and Brave Horatius did bark Amen. When he so did, Clementine tumbled off his back. She came over by me. I had thinks it would be nice if her pretty gray feathers were blue. I gave her a gentle pat and then I did begin the talk service. I did use for my text, "Blessed be the pure in heart, for they shall see God." And all of the time the raindrops did make little joy patters on the roof. They were coming down from the sky in a quick way. 343 }
  Now is the begins of the borning-time of the year. I did hurry home from school in a quick way in the afternoon of this day. Aidan of Iona come from Lindisfarne has said I may name the little lambs that now are coming. All day I did have thinks about what names to call them by. There are some names I do so like to sing the spell of. Some names I do sing over and over again when I do go on explores . I could hardly wait waits until school-getting-out time. I had remembers how Sadie McKibben says no child should grow a day old without having a name. Now some of those dear baby lambs are two and three days old since their borning-time. 344 }
  When I was come to where was Aidan of Iona come from Lindisfarne, I did tell him now I have come to name all your lambs. He did have one little lamb in his arms. He did tell me as how it was it didn't belong to anyone, and it was lonesome without a mother. He said he had thinks he would give it to me to mother. I was so happy. It was very white and very soft and its legs was slim and it had wants for a mother. It had likes for me to put my arms around it. I did name it first of all. I called it Menander Euripides Theocritus Thucydides . It had likes for the taste of my fingers when I did dip them into the pan of milk on the rock and then put them in its mouth. Its woolly tail did wiggle joy wiggles. And I did dance on my toes. I felt such a big amount of satisfaction feels having a lamb to mother. 345 }
  I am getting quite a big family now. After I did dip my fingers in the milk for Menander Euripides Theocritus Thucydides , I was going goes to see about getting a brandy bottle somewhere and a nipple, so this baby lamb could have a bottle to nurse like other babies hereabouts . When I did make a start to go, Aidan of Iona come Fom Lindisfarne did say, "You are not going away before you name the others, are you?" Of course I was not and he said Menander Euripides Theocritus Thucydides was full up of milk for today, and I could bring his bottle on the morrow . 346 }
  Then I did make begins to name the other lambs. They were dear and so dear. First one I did come to I did name Plutarch Demosthenes ; the next one I did name Marcus Aurelius . And one came close by Aidan of Iona come from Lindisfarne, and I called it Epicurus Pythagoras . One did look a little more little than the others: I called him Anacreon Herodotus . One was more big than all the others. I named him Homer Archimedes Chilon . He gave his tail a wiggle and came close to his mother. On had a more short tail and a question look in his eyes. I called him Sophocles Diogenes . And one more I called Periander Pindar , and one was Solon Thales , and the last one of all that had not yet a name, I did call him Tibullus Theognis . He was a very fuzzy lamb and he had very long legs. 347 }
  The shepherd did have likes for the names I did give to his little lambs, and the names I did give to his sheep a long time ago. And today, when he did tell me how he did have likes for their names, I did tell him how I have likes for them too, and how I have thinks to learn more about them when I do grow up more tall. I told him how I did sing the spell of the words to the fishes that live in the singing creek where the willows grew. After I said good-bye to all the other lambs, I did kiss Menander Euripides Theocritus Thucydides on the nose. I have thinks every eventime I will kiss him goodnight, because maybe he does have lonesome feels too, and maybe he does have longs for kisses like the longs I do have for them every night-time . 348 }
Follow One Character Before I was come to the house we do live in I did make a stop by the singing creek where the willows grow. I did print a message on a leaf. It was for the soul of William Shakespeare . I tied it on a willow branch. Then I did go by the cathedral to say thank prayers for Menander Euripides Theocritus Thucydides . And I did have remembers that this was the going-away day of Reine Marie Amélie in 1866 and Queen Elizabeth in 1603. And I did say a thank prayer for the goodness of them. It was near dark-time. There were little whispers in the woods and shadows with velvet fingers. I did sing, "Sanctus, Sanctus, sanctus, Dominus Deus." 349 }
Follow One Character Before I did come on to the house we live in , I did go aside to have sees of a cream lily that has its growing near unto the cathedral . I have watched the leafing of that lily, and I have watched its budding. A long time I have had thinks about it. Today its blooming-time was come. There it was. I went close unto it. My soul was full of thank feels. Ever since the day when Peter Paul Rubens did go away, I have looked for his soul in tree tops and all about. Now I have knows his soul does love to linger by this lily. I did kneel by it and say a thank prayer for the blooming of this fleur. Peter Paul Rubens's soul does love to linger near. If ever I go from here, I will take with me this lily plant. I did have feels that my dear Peter Paul Rubens was very near this eventime . 350 }
  Today is more rain come again. I like rain. I like the music patters it does make. I like to have feels of it on my head. When it rains, I like to go barefooted. I like to feel the clean mud by the lane ooze up between my toes. When I did see the rain coming down in so fast a way, I did go to the barn. And after I did have them off, I did put my shoes and Stockings in the hay. I went out to talk with Michael Angelo Sanzio Raphael about this day being the borning day of Sanzio Raphael in 1483. Then I came down by the lane. I was so glad to have my shoes and stockings off. The feel was so good. Having my shoes and stockings off made my heels feel like they were getting wings. I went up and down the lane. Brave Horatius came a-following after. 351 }
  I had thinks to go see how was Minerva in the hen-house. I saw her feathers were more fluffy, and there was some more heads than hers in her nest. There was the heads of the little chickens I did pick out names for before they was yet hatched. And now I cannot tell them apart. Minerva had one baby chicken to hatch four days ago, and one baby chicken three days ago, and one more baby chicken two days ago. I heard the grandpa say it was a puzzle what was making that hen to have her chickens begin hatching so soon and then no more to hatch until today. Too, I have thinks it is a puzzle. But any way she is going to have fifteen chickens, because that day a little time ago I took one egg each from those hens that was set before she was, so Minerva would have the fifteen children I had already picked out names for. 352 }
  I did tell Minerva again the names I did pick out for all her children before they was yet hatched. I told her Edmund Spenser and John Fletcher and Francis Beaumont and Jean Racine and Sir Walter Raleigh and Jean Molière and Sir Francis Bacon and Nicholas Boileau and Sir Philip Sidney and Jean de la Fontaine and Ben Jonson and Oliver Goldsmith and Cardinal Richelieu and Samuel Taylor Coleridge and Pius VII . And Minerva had joy feels when I did tell her, and she ate all the grain in my hand while I was telling her. 353 }
  Minerva is a very nice hen and it is so nice she has so many children at once. I so do like to pick out names for children. Now I have thinks there is needs for me to hurry to get those christening robes done for her children, being as they are hatching now. On the day of their christening I will carry them in a little basket to the cathedral . There is needs to carry little chickens in a basket, for they are delicate. Today I did show Minerva the little cap with ruffles on it that I have just made for her to wear to the cathedral at their christening. I made it like Jenny Strong's morning-cap with ruffles on it. 354 }
  After I did talk some more with Minerva , and she did chuckle some more chuckles, I did make a start to go to the cathedral to have a thank service for the borning of Sanzio Raphael in 1483. As I did go, I went aside to the pig-pen . Every time my way goes near to the way that goes to the pig-pen I do go that way. I so go to take a peep at Aphrodite . She does have such a motherly look with those dear baby pigs about her. How nice it must be to be a mother pig. It must be a big amount of satisfaction, having so many babies at one time. 355 }

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