made by Big Brother Ben (age 3 yrs, 3 mos)
for New Baby Sam (age 2 days)
My talented, literary friend Vickie -- seen on yesterday's post (scroll down) with Tony Bennett -- lovingly composed the following lyrics when my children were born, stanza one for Ben in 1990 and stanza two for Sam in 1993. Gerry set the words to music; and yesterday afternoon our house was filled with the joyful noise of Ben at the piano, practicing the carousing tune written by his dad, while I sat at the computer, typing up our custom - made accolade:
All hail to William, known as Ben,
Born in the shade of Agamem-
non[e] can compare to this young lad,
The noblest baby ever had!
So trumpets wail at wee Ben's drool!
Ring out the news in Liverpool!
Carouse in all the joy of it!
Hail Padre Gerry! Mummy Kit!
Then Sam-man cometh, he's the one
Who's known as "Super Second Son,"
Another shining light upon
His handsome pere and glowing mum!
So toast the scones! Bring out the jam!
None sweet enough for yummy Sam.
The wisest bards rejoice! Make merry!
Hail Sam and Ben, Kitti and Gerry!
Written with love by Dear Auntie Wickie,adoring my children from afar, from the days they were born!
[Sam's idea, changing the "V" to "W"]
On his front porch in Durham, North Carolina