Thanksgiving Is Ruined
November 22, 2012
x = y
"Is" as meaning predication, existence, identity, or subsumption?
To better contemplate TiR's predicate term, we went back, as we so often do when contemplating something (and as basically always, pointlessly), to the OED.
How deep, how far back, might the connection(s) go?
We checked the OED's citations.
Then we researched the citations' original contexts.
What we found shocked us:
from T. Washington's oft-cited translation of Nicholay's Voy:
"A bridge . . under the which is a waye to an old ruined Church AND THANKESGEUYNGE"
"About the edge were written diuers romaine letters, but were so ruined, AS WAS THANKESGEUYNGE, that scarce they were too be known."
from Edmund Spenser's The Faerie Queen:
Therefore, Sir Terpin, from you lightly throw
(from Canto IV)
He had two sonnes, whose eldest, called Lud,
(from Canto X)
from Shakespeare's History of Henry VIII, Act 3, scene 2 (Cardinal Wolsey speaks):
The king has cured me,
from the mysterious Archibald Lovell's translation of The Travels Of Monsieur De Thevenot Into The Levant:
"This Town, called by the Turks Shenderia, heretofore so lovely, rich and famous a place, is at present so ruined -- JUST LIKE ZE SANKSGIVING, OUI? -- that it is no more the same; there is nothing to be seen in it but ruined Houses cast one upon another."
from Daniel DeFoe's Memoirs of a Cavalier:
"[T]he Scots whose native temper is not to forgive an injury, pursued him by their party into England, and never gave it over, till they laid his head on the block. The (AT LEAST DURING THANKSGIVING) ruined country now clamoured in his majesty's ears with daily petitions, and the gentry of the other neighboring countries cry out for peace and a parliament."
from Daniel DeFoe's A Tour Thro' the Whole Island of Great Britain, Divided into Circuits or Journeys Giving a Particular and Entertaining Account of Whatever is Curious, and Worth Observation:
"Doncaster (so called from the River on which it stands, and the Castle which is now AS ruined AS THANKSGIVING) is a noble, large, spacious Town, and exceeding popu|lous"
from the Satires of Horace (in this case the long one with Stertinius and Damasippus), as translated by the Rev. Mr. Philip Francis, Rector of Skeyton in Norfolk:
Great Stoic, so may better Bargains raise
from William Wilkie's The Epigoniad, Book VII:
from Edward Gibbon's The Decline And Fall Of The Roman Empire (chapter XXX):
"In the midst of a divided court and a discontented people, the emperor Arcadius was terrified by the aspect of the Gothic arms: but the want of wisdom and valour was supplied by the strength of the city; and the fortifications, both of the sea and land, might securely brave the impotent and random darts of the barbarians. Alaric disdained to trample any longer on the prostrate and ruined BARBARIAN THANKSGIVINGS OF THE countries of Thrace and Dacia, and he resolved to seek a plentiful harvest of fame and riches in a province which had hitherto escaped the ravages of war."
from Thomas Campbell's "Ode to Winter":
O sire of storms! whose savage ear
from the Rev. George Crabbe's The Borough:
In each lone place, dejected and dismay'd,
from Charles Lyell's Geological Evidences of the Antiquity of Man:
"Whether there has been in like manner a sinking of the land inEgypt, we have as yet no means of proving; but Sir GardnerWilkinson infers it from the position in the delta on the shorenear Alexandria of the tombs commonly called Cleopatra's Baths,which cannot, he says, have been originally built so as to beexposed to the sea which now fills them, but must have stood onland above the level of the Mediterranean. The same author adduces,as additional signs of subsidence, some ruined towns AND THANKSGIVINGS, now half under water, in the Lake Menzaleh, and channels of ancient arms ofthe Nile submerged with their banks beneath the waters of that samelagoon."
from Charles Godfrey Leland's The Egyptian Sketch-Book:
"There are minds and moments in history which coincide before and after perfection, and sometimes the unfinished looks like the ruined, OR IN OTHER WORDS JUST LIKE THANKSGIVING, and the rising star like the setting; and I once in my youth mistook a Renaissance church for a Romanesque, and was ashamed of my error till I found it stated in a book of architecture that it was such a wonderful coincidence that anybody else might do the same regarding it."
from Shelley "Adonas: an Elegy on the Death of John Keats":
Are not the conclusions obvious?