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A Halloween Poem: "Mirror, Mirror, on the Wall"

John values the use of humour and enjoys writing and reading limericks and jokes. He is a fan of Dr. Seuss, Edward Lear and Shel Silverstein

"Mirror, mirror on the wall. Who's the fairest of them all."

"Mirror, mirror on the wall. Who's the fairest of them all."

A Little History of the Tale

The Magic Mirror was said to be owned by the Evil Queen (or Wicked Witch) and has been depicted in different versions as either a hand mirror or a wall mirror. Every morning, the Evil Queen asked the Magic Mirror the same question "Mirror, mirror on the wall, who is the fairest of them all?" or "Magic mirror in my hand, who is the fairest in the land?". The mirror always replies: "My Queen, you are the fairest in the land." The Queen is always pleased with that, because the magic mirror could never lie.

It is best known from the popular fairy tale "Snow White.

"Illustration at page 201 in Europa's Fairy Book" by Joseph Jacobs John Dickson Batten - title: Europa's fairy book (1916) New York ; London : G. P. Putnam's sonsscan: copy held by New York Public Library, scanned by nicole deyo, obtained from IA.org

"Illustration at page 201 in Europa's Fairy Book" by Joseph Jacobs John Dickson Batten - title: Europa's fairy book (1916) New York ; London : G. P. Putnam's sonsscan: copy held by New York Public Library, scanned by nicole deyo, obtained from IA.org

Mirror, Mirror, On the Wall

Mirror, mirror, on the wall

Who's the fairest of them all?"

˜ ˜ ˜ ˜ ˜ ˜ ˜ ˜ ˜ ˜ ˜ ˜

"It once was you my lady fair,

But your beauty is no longer there."

˜ ˜ ˜ ˜ ˜ ˜ ˜ ˜ ˜ ˜ ˜ ˜

"Don't lie to me you piece of glass,

I'll shatter you upon the grass!"

˜ ˜ ˜ ˜ ˜ ˜ ˜ ˜ ˜ ˜ ˜ ˜

"I cannot lie My Mistress dear,

Your looks are dead, like you I fear."

˜ ˜ ˜ ˜ ˜ ˜ ˜ ˜ ˜ ˜ ˜ ˜

"Who says a zombie can't look good,

I seek the truth now, understood?"

˜ ˜ ˜ ˜ ˜ ˜ ˜ ˜ ˜ ˜ ˜ ˜

"The truth I tell, it's what I do,

No one alive looks worse than you."

˜ ˜ ˜ ˜ ˜ ˜ ˜ ˜ ˜ ˜ ˜ ˜

"You silly piece of antique junk,

I'll toss you in the attic trunk!"

˜ ˜ ˜ ˜ ˜ ˜ ˜ ˜ ˜ ˜ ˜ ˜

"A ghoul's a ghoul by any name,

To lie to you I am not game."

˜ ˜ ˜ ˜ ˜ ˜ ˜ ˜ ˜ ˜ ˜ ˜

"Shut up, shut up! You're cracked and weak,

I'll hear no more, don't even speak!"

˜ ˜ ˜ ˜ ˜ ˜ ˜ ˜ ˜ ˜ ˜ ˜

"But My Queen, each time you ask

I cannot shirk my given task."

˜ ˜ ˜ ˜ ˜ ˜ ˜ ˜ ˜ ˜ ˜ ˜

"I will not listen to your cries,

Cease your chatter and your lies!"

˜ ˜ ˜ ˜ ˜ ˜ ˜ ˜ ˜ ˜ ˜ ˜

"You are decayed and rotting fast,

Your beauty wasn't made to last."

˜ ˜ ˜ ˜ ˜ ˜ ˜ ˜ ˜ ˜ ˜ ˜

"Who was the fool who cast the spell

That made you magic, pray do tell?"

˜ ˜ ˜ ˜ ˜ ˜ ˜ ˜ ˜ ˜ ˜ ˜

"T'was you My Highness, Wicked Witch,

It serves you right, you silly bitch!"


"Spieglein" by Hoipoi at German Wikipedia - Transferred from de.wikipedia to Commons by Kelisi using CommonsHelper.. Licensed under Public Domain via Commons -

"Spieglein" by Hoipoi at German Wikipedia - Transferred from de.wikipedia to Commons by Kelisi using CommonsHelper.. Licensed under Public Domain via Commons -

Real Life Influence

It is thought that the German folk tale "Snow White" was influenced by Maria Sophia Margaretha Catherina von Erthal. After the death of Maria Sophia's birth mother in 1741, her father Philipp Christoph, the King, remarried Claudia Elisabeth von Reichenstein. Who it is said was domineering and greatly favored the children from her first marriage.

Philipp presented Claudia with a "talking" mirror from Lohr Mirror Manufacturers as a gift. The upper right corner of this mirror contains a reference to self-love (Amour Propre). This mirror “talked” in aphorisms and the mirrors from Lohr were given the reputation of “always speaking the truth”.

Queen Claudia's iconic mirror, referred to as “The Talking Mirror,” is still on display today at Spessart Museum in the Lohr Castle, where Maria Sophia was born.

(References: Wikipedia, Dictionary.com)

© 2015 John Hansen

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