Chrysostome (Gogarty, 1937)

1.26. Oliver St. John Gogarty, As I Was Going Down Sackville Street: A Phantasy in Fact, (London: Rich & Cowan, Ltd., 1937), p. 101. BL 010821.ff.38

An extract from Oliver St. J. Gogarty, As I Was Going Down Sackville Street (1937), on ‘chrysostome’.

Gogarty here notes the use of the term ‘Chrysostome’ in lines by the poet Philip Francis Little. Speaking of Little’s adoption of George Sigerson as his model in speech, Gogarty says:

The amazing thing was that the poems were quite competent . . .

No throstle cock, no blackbird
Chrysostome upon a tree,
Could sing a song of saxpence
So merrily as he.

Chrysostome, golden-mouthed! Of course he got it from his religious studies, but it must have been almost profane to him to employ it for the “Ousel cock so black of hue, With orange tawny bill.” What a pity he didn’t stick to rhyming and leave preaching alone! He is taking his immortal soul too seriously; already he is eccentric; soon he will go mad.