"Rev. Longleggs (ret)" © wood engraving (ed. 35) image: 6 x 4 in. $90.00 (go to "Hi There" for purchase information)

Some of the violence, cruelty and terror conducted in the world has been conducted in the name of religion. Religious zealots who see their beliefs as the only valid beliefs can be the most terrifying and cruel oppressors. Consider the group responsible for the attacks on September 11, 2001.

You'll notice this rhyme contains nearly the same message as in the second verse of Goosey, Goosey, Gander. This poor bugger must have developed an unimaginable fear and panic about praying. And I don't imagine he could have made it past the rank of priest with this fear.

 

FATHER LONG LEGS

Old Father Long-Legs

Can't say his prayers;

Take him by the left leg,

And throw him down stairs.

And when he's at the bottom,

Before he long has lain,

Take him by the right leg,

And throw him up again.

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