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A Painting For Charles

from Mad Martins by Gary Miller

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about

The author Charles Dickens wrote in one of his journals, in December 1866, that he had visited Jonathan Martin several times, during his incarceration in York City Gaol at the Castle on Baile Hill, prior to his final removal to Bethlem Hospital (Bedlam) in London. He found Jonathan in triumphant mood and lacking any remorse. During their conversations, Jonathan spoke at length and with self-assured passion of his ongoing plans, projects and schemes against the Church of England which he described as “the abomination of abominations”.

“He was certain that all would work together for good – for his own good and for that of his country and of mankind. He was as vain of his exploits as if he had redeemed a race from slavery, or won the most generous of victories.”

On one of these visits, Jonathan Martin presented Charles Dickens with an extraordinary painting he had promised to paint him during a previous visit. Jonathan claimed that it represented the particular vision which had induced him to set fire to the Minster. Beneath the painting he had inscribed a striking four-line description…

lyrics

A PAINTING FOR CHARLES

I offer you my deepest thanks, Charles,
For visiting me in my prison cell;
I have fallen on hard times in this bleak house,
But you know my story well.

I present to you my painting, Charles,
Of the vision that induced me
To set fire to that house of sin;
It is a fine imagining of what I did see.

“That’s the sword, I am the Hand;
That’s the Cloud, that God command:
This is the sword I saw, in a vision at noonday;
This is the cloud I saw, on the Minster.”

It is drawn in Indian ink, Charles,
I hope it meets your great expectations:
Though rude, I do not find it crude,
For it charges all my deep vexations.

That’s the head of God the Father, Charles,
Expressing a terrible majesty;
This is the mouth, issuing a divine command;
These are the eyes, burning fiercely.

“That’s the sword, I am the Hand;
That’s the Cloud, that God command:
This is the sword I saw, in a vision at noonday;
This is the cloud I saw, on the Minster.”

“I was nobody and am now more talked about than anybody.
Who is there in the land who is not occupied
with the name and the deeds of Jonathan Martin?
His name was known to nobody; it is now known to everybody.
The King is now speaking about me.”

For I took a novel approach, Charles,
And artfully dodged the Devil’s chimes;
And even as his thralls encroach,
I will strike a blow against their crimes.

“That’s the sword, I am the Hand;
That’s the Cloud, that God command:
This is the sword I saw, in a vision at noonday;
This is the cloud I saw, on the Minster.”

“That’s the sword, I am the Hand;
That’s the Cloud, that God command:
This is the sword I saw, in a vision at noonday;
This is the cloud I saw, on the Minster.”

(Lyrics & Music: Gary Miller - with words in quotations by Jonathan Martin)

credits

from Mad Martins, released October 10, 2017
Gary Miller - Lead & Backing Vocals, Acoustic Guitar
Iain Petrie - Electric Guitar, Piano, Organ, Ukelele, Glockenspiel, Bass Guitar, Drums, Tambourine, Shaker, Backing Vocals
Mick Tyas - Harmonica, Backing Vocals
The Lick Spittals - Horns

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Mad Martins is a unique project by songwriter Gary Miller with poet Keith Armstrong, producer Iain Petrie, & Friends, with artwork by Helen Temperley, featuring original songs, poetry, narration & illustrations depicting the extraordinary life and times of the notorious Martin brothers, William, Jonathan & John, who were born in the late Eighteenth Century in the South Tyne area of Northumberland. ... more

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