Dispute

Book IV of “Colloquies: A Review of Civilization in Little Songs”

The events and persons of Europe from the Renaissance through the Enlightenment; kings and commons, sinners and saints, the sacred and secular, the Arts, the Sciences, the events of plan and of accident are spoken of and by great persons and persons of no account in virtue or in vice.

 

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“Colloquies, a Review of Civilization in Little Songs” in seven, pithy volumes, delightfully tells by portrait, anecdote and vignette the history of Western Civilization, of Greece, Rome, Europe, America, et alibi.   Volume IV, Dispute, delights in the events and persons of Europe from the Renaissance through the Enlightenment; kings and commons, sinners and saints, the sacred and secular, the Arts, the Sciences, the events of plan and of accident are spoken of and by great persons and persons of no account in virtue or in vice.  And then, Dispute is a dialogic in sonnets, a conversation, a battle of ideas spoken by clerics, classives and progressives from the Renaissance through the Enlightenment.

I Paideia
II Commentary
III Confession
IV Dispute
V Celebration
VI Invective
VII Secrets

 

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Typical of Dispute, “Liberality”:

The kindest and most liberal of men
Offered a fair and equal punishment
To all offenders without preference
To status, rank or class, or to offense.
I was there to hear the good physician
Describe the workings of the mechanism,
The way it gathers up to fall away—swish-swish.
I later at the Gibbet witnessed it.
It truly is a wonderful machine.
Efficient, I can tell you, I have seen
Forty and fifty workings in a day.
Some eyes will look right at you, some away;
The blade falls in a twink’ling of an eye;
The head drops in the bucket and you die.

Dr. Joseph-Ignace Guillotin (May 28, 1738 – March 26, 1814)