Monday, April 23, 2012


Protestants beware! Shakespeare's graven image is also the key to the Batpole.
Today is William Shakespeare's birthday. Legend has it that on his 46th birthday, the Bard decided to treat himself to a little gift. So, as the story goes, whilst he was translating the King James Version of the Bible, he took great liberties with the the 46th Psalm. He chose 46, so it is said, because it was his 46th birthday.

When you go to the KJV, you will see the 46th Psalm written thusly:

Psalm 46
1 To the chief Musician for the sons of Korah, A Song upon Alamoth. God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.
2 Therefore will not we fear, though the earth be removed, and though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea;
3 Though the waters thereof roar and be troubled, though the mountains SHAKE with the swelling thereof. Selah.
4 There is a river, the streams whereof shall make glad the city of God, the holy place of the tabernacles of the most High.
5 God is in the midst of her; she shall not be moved: God shall help her, and that right early.
6 The heathen raged, the kingdoms were moved: he uttered his voice, the earth melted.
7 The LORD of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our refuge. Selah.
8 Come, behold the works of the LORD, what desolations he hath made in the earth.
9 He maketh wars to cease unto the end of the earth; he breaketh the bow, and cutteth the SPEAR in sunder; he burneth the chariot in the fire.
10 Be still, and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth.
11 The LORD of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our refuge. Selah.

You see what I did there? With the bold type? As the legend has it, going to the the "authorized" KJV, reading the 46th Psalm, count out 46 words from the beginning of the psalm, you will find that you have arrived at the word "shake". Now, count 46 words from the end of the psalm and the word revealed is "spear". The word "Selah" is not included.
So in Psalm 46, 46 words in and 46 words back give us the name "Shakespear(e)". All because of his 46th birthday!
Dang. I turned 46 this past summer and TOTALLY forgot to rewrite Scripture.

So the legend. Is this true? Maybe not. Is it cool? Very. 

Here's more that sort of sucks the cool out of the whole thing. 

“But man, proud man, Drest in a little brief authority,-- Plays such fantastic tricks before high heaven As make the angels weep.” Shakespeare