Last year Queen Elizabeth II came to Ireland for the first time in her life. She had previously not visited for political reasons. On her travels she kindly paid a visit to our home town here in Cashel. There are those who say her visit to Coolmore stud was the real reason for the entire trip, but we don’t believe that now do we!
My son is compiling a Blog on wordpress of his charity drive and hopefully his trip to Calcutta on the following blog http://jerrytocalcutta.wordpress.com/
I suggested he write to Queen Elizabeth and ask for a photo from her visit to bring to the children in Calcutta, as they might know who the Queen is. She kindly responded and you can see her lovely letter and photos on my sons blog site. http://jerrytocalcutta.wordpress.com/2012/11/30/queen-elizabeth-ii/
In dedication to her kindness I proffer a sonnett written in the reign of the other Queen Elizabeth.
How like a winter hath my absence been
From thee, the pleasure of the fleeting year!
What freezings have I felt, what dark days seen!
What old December’s bareness everywhere!
And yet this time removed was summer’s time;
The teeming autumn, big with rich increase,
Bearing the wanton burden of the prime,
Like widow’d wombs after their lords’ decease:
Yet this abundant issue seemed to me
But hope of orphans, and unfathered fruit;
For summer and his pleasures wait on thee,
And, thou away, the very birds are mute:
Or, if they sing, ’tis with so dull a cheer,
That leaves look pale, dreading the winter’s near.
Sonnett XCVIIby Billy the Bard (Will Shakespeare)