Pink Floyd and The Incredible String Band.
The Incredible String Band.
This time we continue Prydwyn Piper’s notes on the penultimate track on the album, “Douglas Traherne Harding”, these notes appearing in the book “An Incredible String Band Compendium” edited by Adrian Whittaker:
” [on Thomas Traherne, who was born in 1637] He took his BA from Brasenose in 1656, and received an MA from Oxford in 1661. On 20 October 1660 he was episcopally ordained as a deacon and priest. In 1669 he took his Divinity degree from Oxford, and from then until his death in 1674 he served as chaplain to Sir Orlando Bridgeman, being based for the most part in London and Teddington. Most of his literary output seems to date from these last five years of his life, much of it being dedicated to one Susanna Hopton, a friend of his from Herefordshire who headed an informal religious circle there.
“Looking at Mike’s song, the work which most concerns us is his Centuries. There are five of these, and the title refers to the fact that each is made up of one hundred “paragraphs” (this is a prose work, for the most part – although Traherne’s prose is always very “poetic”), linked together into larger groups by various common themes.”
More from the notes next ISB time BUT we will need to quote first therein some lyrics from the song itself, in order fully to understand the text.