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Today”s Birthday: LADISLAUS THE POSTHUMOUS (1440)


Ladislaus the Posthumous (1440)

Born four months after the death of his father, Albert II of Hapsburg, Ladislaus spent much of his childhood under the control of his powerful guardians, who refused to surrender the boy to his rightful place as king of Bohemia and Hungary. Though he was finally crowned king of Bohemia at age 13, he was unable to gain control of his realms before dying, probably of poisoning, just four years later. His coronation as king of Hungary when he was a baby was made possible by what daring theft? More… Discuss

Sligo, A Singer Must Die, Leonard Cohen, Lissadell House , July 31st 2010



Now the courtroom is quiet, but who will confess 
Is it true you betrayed us? The answer is “yes”
Then read me the list of the crimes that are mine 
I will ask for the mercy that you love to decline 
And all the ladies go moist, and the judge has no choice 
A singer must die for the lie in his voice 
And I thank you, I thank you for doing your duty
You keepers of truth, you guardians of beauty 
Your vision is right, my vision is wrong 
I’m sorry for smudging the air with my song

Oh, the night it is thick, my defences are hid 
In the clothes of a woman I would like to forgive 
In the rings of her silk, in the hinge of her thighs 
Where I have to go begging in beauty’s disguise
Oh goodnight, goodnight, my night after night 

I am so afraid that I listen to you
Your sun glassed protectors they do that to you
It’s their ways to detain, their ways to disgrace 
Their knee in your balls and their fist in your face
Yes and long live the state by whoever it’s made
Sir, I didn’t see nothing, I was just getting home late

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