Ecclesiasticus 44:1-15

An anagram
by Mike Keith



The text on the left is the well-known "Let us now praise famous men" passage from Ecclesiasticus.  On the right is an anagram of this text, which instead of talking about famous men (and women), lists some of them.



1 Let us now praise famous men,
and our fathers that begat us.

2 The Lord hath wrought great glory by them
through his great power from the beginning.

3 Such as did bear rule in their kingdoms,
men renowned for their power,
giving counsel by their understanding,
and declaring prophecies:

4 Leaders of the people by their counsels,
and by their knowledge of learning
meet for the people, wise and eloquent
are their instructions:

5 Such as found out musical tunes,
and recited verses in writing:

6 Rich men furnished with ability,
living peaceably in their habitations:

7 All these were honoured in their generations,
and were the glory of their times.

8 There be of them, that have left a name
behind them, that their praises might be reported.

9 And some there be, which have no memorial;
who are perished, as though they
had never been; and are become as though
they had never been born;
and their children after them.

10 But these were merciful men,
whose righteousness hath not been forgotten.

11 With their seed shall continually remain
a good inheritance, and their children are
within the covenant.

12 Their seed standeth fast,
and their children for their sakes.

13 Their seed shall remain for ever,
and their glory shall not be blotted out.

14 Their bodies are buried in peace;
but their name liveth for evermore.

15 The people will tell of their wisdom,
and the congregation will shew forth their praise.


 Sir Richard Steele
  Laurence Sterne
   George Peele

Albert Einstein
 Richard Feynman
  L. Pauling
   Stephen Hawking

Lena Horne
 Ben Elton
  Vivien Leigh
   Robert Wuhl

Theodore Roosevelt
 Lech Walesa
  Rutherford B. Hayes
   Queen Victoria

Emily Greene Balch
 Rachel Carson
  Le Duc Tho
   Mother Teresa
    Elie Wiesel
     Nelson Mandela
Rev. Martin Luther King

Alphonso the Wise

H. H. Breen
 Robert Greene
   Wolfgang von Goethe
    Thomas Hood

Rachel Hetherington
 Thea Astley
  Gloria Steinem
   Heidi Burge

Matthew Henry
 Martin Luther
  Cotton Mather

The Bronte Family
 The Trung Sisters
  The three Bachs
   The Three Tenors
    The Two Ronnies?

Shimon Peres
 Madeleine Albright
  Wu Yi
   Li Gong

Marie Curie
 Marie Antoinette
  Doris Fleeson
   Wendy Whiting

T. Wopat
 Floyd Vivino
  Peter Weir
   W. The Pooh?

Matthew Green
 Edmund Spenser
  Henry Fielding

Sheffield, Austin, Buffon
 T. Paine
  O. Henry

George the Third
 The Third Man
  The Third Earl of Chesterfield
   The Great White Hope

The Sanhedrin
 The Great Shepherd
  Charles Darwin

Edward Gibbon
 Maria Edgeworth
  Ruth Benedict
   Erasmus Darwin

Phil Friederichs
 Friedrich von Thun
  Beth Porter
   Don Schiff
    The Notorious B.I.G.

Pitt, Earl of Chatham
 Madame du Deffand
  Harriet Tubman
   Honest Abe and Mr. Booth


Oh, bravo!  First-rate!