Gleanings From The Past #1


A Pun Sermon

The following curious string of puns is taken from a scarce work, published the reign of James the First. A divine, more willing to play with words than to be serious in expounding his text, spoke thus in sermon:

“This dial shows that we must die all; yet notwithstanding, all houses are turned into ale houses; our cares into cates; our paradise into a pair o’ dice; matrimony into a matter of money, and marriage into a merry age; our divines have become dry vines: it was not so in the days of Noah, – ah! no.”

Ballou’s Monthly Magazine, Vol. 15, 1862

Irony of Life and Death

“I have seen a thousand graves opened, and always perceived that whatever was gone, the teeth and the hair remained of those who had died with them. Is this not odd? They go the very first things in youth and yet last the longest in the dust.”

– Lord Byron, letter to John Murray, 18 November 1820

Noblest Alchemy

“Agriculture is the noblest of all alchemy, for it turns earth, and even manure, into gold …”

– Horace Smith, The Tin Trumpet; Or Heads and Tales, for the Wise and Waggish, 1838

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My name Edmark M. Law. I work as a freelance writer, mainly writing about science and mathematics. I am an ardent hobbyist. I like to read, solve puzzles, play chess, make origami and play basketball. In addition, I dabble in magic, particularly card magic and other sleight-of-hand type magic. I live in Hong Kong. You can find me on Twitter` and Facebook. My email is

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