The Knights of the Holy Grail: A Solution of the Boy Problem

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Press of Jennings & Graham, 1906 - Boys - 143 pages
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What does Powell mean by "A Solution to the Boy Problem"? I propose that Powell has given his book's title a very unfortunate wording. It is not a "Boy Problem" that the Holy Grail's seeking solves but it is the problem of perception through time. Is the Holy Grail a solution to boyhood? Absolutely not! Boyhood doesn't need a solution; it simply needs a hospitable environment. The search for the Holy Grail has come to mean many things but central to Powell's idea of it is seeking to emulate the character of Christ; to cherish faithfulness and duty. Contrast the boyhood of the followers of Christ to the boyhood of Palestinian Muslims and a different pattern emerges. Instead of seeking an adventurous quest for the Holy Grail, the Palestinian youth in his play - and too often in real life - seeks to ferret out and destroy the Infidel. The solution of the Holy Grail then isn't a solution for Boys but a realization that youthfulness IS the solution and requires an environment free from the forms of Intolerance that saturate Palestinian Muslim or other cultish teachings.  

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Page 41 - This water His blood that died on the tree ; The Holy Supper is kept, indeed, In whatso we share with another's need ; Not what we give, but what we share, — For the gift without the giver is bare ; Who gives himself with his alms feeds three, — Himself, his hungering neighbour, and Me.
Page 18 - Lo, it is I, be not afraid In many climes, without avail, Thou hast spent thy life for the Holy Grail; Behold, it is here, — this cup which thou Didst fill at the streamlet for me but now; This crust is my body broken for thee; This water his blood that died on the tree; The Holy Supper is kept, indeed, In whatso we share with another's need; Not what we give, but what we share, For the gift without the giver is bare; Who gives himself with his alms feeds three, Himself, his hungering neighbor,...
Page 93 - ALMIGHTY God our Heavenly Father, who of his great mercy hath promised forgiveness of sins, to all them that with hearty repentance and true faith turn unto him ; have mercy upon you, pardon and deliver you from all your sins, confirm and strengthen you in all goodness, and bring you to everlasting life; through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Page 65 - My beloved is white and ruddy, The chiefest among ten thousand. His head is as the most fine gold, His locks are bushy, and black as a raven. His eyes are as the eyes of doves by the rivers of waters, Washed with milk, and fitly set.
Page 74 - The cup, the cup itself, from which our Lord Drank at the last sad supper with his own. This, from the blessed land of Aromat — After the day of darkness, when the dead Went wandering o'er Moriah — the good saint...
Page 18 - Sir Launfal awoke as from a swound: "The Grail in my castle here is found! Hang my idle armor up on the wall, Let it be the spider's banquet-hall; He must be fenced with stronger mail Who would seek and find the Holy Grail.
Page 112 - Senate, shall he decided by the Presiding Officer without debate, subject to an appeal to the Senate. When an appeal is taken, any subsequent question of order which may arise before the decision of such appeal shall be decided by the Presiding Officer without debate...
Page 65 - MY BELOVED is white and ruddy, the chiefest among ten thousand. His head is as the most fine gold: his locks are bushy, and black as a raven. His eyes are as the eyes of doves by the rivers of waters, washed with milk, and fitly set. His cheeks are as a bed of spices, as sweet flowers: his lips like lilies, dropping sweet smelling myrrh.
Page 93 - The burden of them is intolerable. Have mercy upon us, Have mercy upon us, most merciful Father ; For thy Son our Lord Jesus Christ's sake, Forgive us all that is past ; And grant that we may ever hereafter Serve and please thee In newness of life, To the honour and glory of thy Name ; Through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Page 111 - BILLS. [Every bill shall receive three readings previous to its being passed; and the President shall give notice at each whether it be first, second, or third; which readings shall be on three different days, unless the Senate unanimously direct otherwise.

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