by Guilhem, editor
Clarke's Printery is Honored to Present
Tales from Ages Past!
Guilhem the Scholar Shall End Each Volume with Staid Commentary.
Dance in the Star Chamber
And Dance in the Pit
And Eat of your Entrees
In the Glass House you Sit.
A common rhyme for little babies, 'tis thought that this littl(e)
ditty is part of the corpus of legendary tales regarding the world before Sosaria (see the
wonderful fables of Fabio the Poor for fictionalized versions of these stories, also
available from this same publisher). According to these old tales, which survive mostly in
th(e) hills and remote villages where Lord British is as yet a distant and mythical ruler,
the gods of old (a fanciful notion!) met to discuss the progress of creating the world in
mystical rooms. A simple analysis reveals these rooms to be mere mythological
"The Star Chamber" is clearly a reference to the sky.
"The Pit" is certainl(y) an Underworld analogous to the Snake hills of other
tales, and "the Glass House" is no doubt the vantage point from which the gods
observed their creation. All is simple when seen from this perspective, leaving only the
mysterious reference to dinners(.) Oddly enough the rhyme is universally(y) used only for
midnight feedings, never during the day.