Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Pied Piper Of Hamelin

Purportedly the Pied Piper events took place in Hamelin on June 26, 1284. The story is that a rat infestation led to a reward for their removal. A piper arrived in town seeking the reward for removing the pests. Denied his reward he retaliated by luring all the town’s children away. We’ll never know whether the Pied Piper of old entered a desperate Hamelin as a con man or as the go-to guy to lure the rats out of Dodge.

I vote con-man.

HERE is the complete text of Robert Browning's "The Pied Piper of Hamelin."

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