On This Day
1810 – With the Grito de Dolores, Father Miguel Hidalgo begins Mexico’s fight for independence from Spain.
The Cry of Dolores[n 1] (Spanish: Grito de Dolores) is a historical event that occurred in Dolores (now Dolores Hidalgo), Mexico, in the early morning of 16 September 1810. Roman Catholic priest Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla rang the bell of his church and gave the pronunciamiento (call to arms) that triggered the Mexican War of Independence.
Every year on the eve of Independence Day, the President of Mexico re-enacts the Grito from the balcony of the National Palace in Mexico City, while ringing the same bell Hidalgo used in 1810.
Born On This Day
1846 – Anna Kingsford, English author, poet, and activist (d. 1888)
Anna Kingsford, née Bonus (16 September 1846 – 22 February 1888), was an English anti-vivisectionist, vegetarian and women’s rights campaigner.
She was one of the first English women to obtain a degree in medicine, after Elizabeth Garrett Anderson, and the only medical student at the time to graduate without having experimented on a single animal. She pursued her degree in Paris, graduating in 1880 after six years of study, so that she could continue her animal advocacy from a position of authority. Her final thesis, L’Alimentation Végétale de l’Homme, was on the benefits of vegetarianism, published in English as The Perfect Way in Diet (1881). She founded the Food Reform Society that year, travelling within the UK to talk about vegetarianism, and to Paris, Geneva, and Lausanne to speak out against animal experimentation.
Kingsford was interested in Buddhism and Gnosticism, and became active in the Theosophical movement in England, becoming president of the London Lodge of the Theosophical Society in 1883. She said she received insights in trance-like states and in her sleep; these were collected from her manuscripts and pamphlets by her lifelong collaborator Edward Maitland, and published posthumously in the book, Clothed with the Sun (1889). Subject to ill-health all her life, she died of lung disease at the age of 41, brought on by a bout of pneumonia. Her writing was virtually unknown for over 100 years after Maitland published her biography, The Life of Anna Kingsford (1896), though Helen Rappaport wrote in 2001 that her life and work are once again being studied.
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This poem will work for feathered and furred babies.
A poem for birds who’ve died
“I’ll lend you, for a little while, a bird of mine,” He said. “For you to love while he lives, and mourn when he is dead.
It may be six or seven years, or maybe twenty-three, But will you, till I call him back, take care of him for me?
He’ll bring his charms to gladden you, and shall his stay be brief, You’ll have his lovely memories as solace for your grief.
I cannot promise he will stay, as all from Earth return, But there are lessons taught down there I want this bird to learn.
I’ve looked the whole world over in my search for teachers true, And from the throngs that crowd life’s lanes, I have selected you.
Now will you give him all your love – not think this labor vain, Nor hate me when I come to call, to take him back again.
I fancied that I heard them say, ‘Dear Lord, thy will be done.’ For all the joy this bird shall bring, the risk of grief we’ll run.
We’ll shower him with tenderness and love while we may, And for the happiness we’ve known, forever grateful stay.
And should the angels call for him much sooner than we planned, We’ll brave the bitter grief that comes, and try to understand.”
If, by your love, you’ve managed, my wishes to achieve, In memory of him you’ve loved; be thankful; do not grieve.
Cherish every moment of your feathered charge. He filled your home with songs of joy the time he was alive. Let not his passing take from you those memories to enjoy.
“I will lend to you a bird,” God said, “and teach you all you have to do. And when I call him back to heaven, you will know he loved you too.”