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Unto Lineage Royal - a midsummer’s dream -
by Richard Mc Sweeney   

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Books by Richard Mc Sweeney
· Innkeeper's Fire (vol. 2 of 2)
· Innkeeper's Fire (vol. 1 of 2)
· Hearing in the Write
· Generations Reaching
· A Jesus of Nazareth
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Publisher:  Lulu Type: 


Copyright:  April 2, 2009 ISBN-13:  9781409276388

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Richard of Eire’s chanson d’amour parfumée Unto Lineage Royal is a highly original work of fiction based on a good deal of factual input; a cornucopia of delightful literary unpredictability. It is a work all about feelings and imagination. There is an attempt to perfect the skill of composing incantations to help bring about a greater beauty in the world.

The text is presented in ‘a status update format’ as if it were a dream status update in continuity. Accordingly, the reader will need to approach the text piecemeal; to train oneself to slow down, and by doing so will be greatly pleased to discover that this approach affords an excellent means of reflecting on what is being read. The author wants to bring reflection back into reading.


Past life regression technique is used as a literary device in that Unto Lineage Royal is being presented as if were being told in a past life regression session; a ‘life metaphor session’ yet it is not a ‘past life’ but rather a moment, a time in one’s life.  A ‘life metaphor session’ may be said to be the telling of events which occurred to one while sojourning in a particular place in the Great Universe.


The reader will enjoy seeing how Richard of Eire’s poem for the legendary contemporary Lebanese singer Fairuz came into being, and its translation into Arabic by Dr. Nabeel Issa; how his discovery of the wonderful photographs of Indiana photographer Mark Orr greatly inspired him; how he enjoyed conversing with Tennessee folk artist Enoch Tanner Wickham and his wife Annie; the composing of a moving letter to His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI, and of his meeting on the Brooklyn Bridge with the happy trio: Paulo Coelho, Kahlil Gibran, and Mary Haskell.


Presently, one of the loveliest of the romantic poems from the work is being provided with a most exquisite musical accompaniment by renowned German composer/keyboarder Kristian Schultze.



Front cover: L'Etoile Perdue by William Bouguereau (1825-1905)

Image thanks to the Art Renewal Center®


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Chapter 1.
Beyond the alpines of the Serendipity Nexus Foreamble


Self: an essence Soul & Body: not applicable Self’s present activity: ‘reclining’ comfortably on the bank of a river in the faraway heavens; way away away beyond the Sloan Great Wall of galaxies, yet, not too far at all beyond the alpines of the Serendipity Nexus. Location orientation from Earth: via the Constellation Corona Borealis Distance from the Solar System: 72 glys (1 gigalight-year = 1 billion light years.) Comparison reference: Sloan Great Wall of galaxies measures approximately 1.4 glys in length, and is located approximately 1 gly from the Solar System. Name of the river: An Abhainn Bheag Álainn (The Small Delightful River) Tributary of: An Abhainn Mhór Álainn (The Big Delightful River) Terrestrial complement: The River Bride - a tributary of the River Blackwater in the province of Munster on the isle of Éire. Specific description of An Abhainn Bheag Álainn: a myriad-galaxy river Overall length: 40 glys Width at this spot: 3 million light years Distance from the confluence: 5 glys Confluence to the estuary-bay: 9 glys Pace of flow at this spot: dependent upon tidal conditions at the estuary-bay Soft Gentle Breeze with carrying River Mirth is arriving on the scene, and with eddying about is fragrantly blowing upon Self, causing Self to welcomingly drift away into a lovely hypnotic-like state. River Mirth has come and ‘sat’ next to Self and is charmingly asking Self questions about a particular sojourning Self has had in a certain place in the Great Universe. In other words, River Mirth is conducting a ‘life metaphor’ session on Self. A ‘life metaphor’ session may be said to be the telling of an event which occurred to one while sojourning in a particular place in the Great Universe. In this case ‘the one’ refers to Self, ‘the place’ planet Earth, and the questioner, conductor River Mirth. Thus what follows is the fascinating content of this ‘life metaphor’ session conducted by River Mirth on Self. River Mirth: Where are you? Self: I’m on a planet in a solar system of a spiral galaxy some 72 glys away. River Mirth: What’s the planetary, terrestrial name given to this galaxy? Self: Via Lactea, Milky Way. River Mirth: And the solar system? Self: It has no special name other than, the Solar System. River Mirth: Ah, I think I know that region. Yes, and I do believe I have sojourned too on that planet known as Earth. Planet Earth is the fifth largest of the planets in that solar system, isn’t it? And the third from its sun? Self: Yes; yes, it is. River Mirth: Ah, yes, now I remember. I was a human lifeform there for 93 terrestrial years, 7 months, 5 days, 3 hours, 9 minutes, and 22 seconds. River Mirth: Where simultaneously are you in the Greater Universe? Self: I’m enjoying floating here in shape, form, and size as the terrestrially designated region known as the Constellation Ophiuchus. Moments of silence. River Mirth: What is your lifeform on Planet Earth? Self: I’m a human. River Mirth: Can you briefly describe your human body? Self: Yes, it’s somewhat oyster white in colour, 5 ft 10.5 in (179 cm) in height and weighs 188 lbs (85.5 kg). It has black to silver below collar length hair, and eyes of a vivid soft jade green. When it speaks it has an enchantingly mellifluous voice. When it moves; when it ambulates it’s in the style of a gentle breeze upon the surface of shimmering waters or dewy grasses. River Mirth: Are you contented with being a human lifeform; with having a human body? Self: Yes, I am. We well companion each other. River Mirth: Meant you not to say ‘well complement’ each other? Self: And that too. River Mirth: How old are you in terrestrial years? Self: I’m 52 years, and almost 10 months old. River Mirth: What’s your name? Self: My Gaeilge name is Risteárd Mac Suibhne Uí Éire. My English is Richard Mc Sweeney of Éire. And my pseudonym is Richard of Éire. River Mirth: What’s Éire? Self: It’s my on-planet native place. River Mirth: Where on the planet is it located? Self: It’s an island in the North Atlantic Ocean between latitude 51.5 and 55.5 degrees North, and longitude 5.5 and 10.5 degrees West....

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