“Goldtongue”: A Patristic Filk.

Copied from my Maria Lectrix podcast blog, and inspired by today’s patristic Thanksgiving selection by St. John Chrysostom. “Chrysostom” is a nickname. It means “gold tongue”. (In English, we tend to talk of someone being silvertongued, instead.) Here’s a very short resume of his career.

To the tune of “Goldfinger”:

Goldto-ongue –
He’s the man, the man with the honeyed words –
Not moneyed words.
His old tongue
Beckon you to break from your chains of sin,
But will he win?

Golden words he will pour in your ear,
But what’s true has to move past your fear.
For the Golden Horn’s lord knows his hyssop
Is a kiss-up’s death
From Bishop

Goldto-ongue –
Little men beware of his heart of gold –
Their hearts grown cold.

They don’t know real gold.
Lonely gold.
His word’s gold.
He speaks only gold.
Lonely gold.
His love’s gold!

One of my secret ambitions when starting the podcast was to write filks about the stuff I was reading, or the authors. I think this is just about the first time I’ve managed it.


Filed under Filk, Humor

4 responses to ““Goldtongue”: A Patristic Filk.

  1. Inés de Erausquin


  2. quettandil

    …only thing is, it should be Goldmouth.

    • Yeah, but “Chrysostom” is generally translated into English as “golden tongue”, in analogy to the idiom “silvertongued”. I pretty much went with the traditional way, especially since I don’t know Greek idioms. Also, for some reason, there’s also a reluctance to say “mouth” in these sorts of contexts in English.

      Then there’s Yeats, who was giving a very sexy (for Victorian/Edwardian times) translation of Irish idioms when he talked about women having a “red mouth” instead of red lips. “Beal” means mouth in Gaelic, not just lips, just like the word for arm means hand as well. So there’s an endless amount of Irish language poetry about rowanberry-colored mouths and so on, but it’s almost always translated as lips.

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