The ancient manuscripts from which these songs are derived are fragmentary, and consequently the accuracy of the following translations must be taken with a grain of Cesium Chloride. In places, the translator has filled in gaps to the best of his ability using available knowledge about the culture and traditions of ancient Cesia much of which, is itself controversial. Legitimate questions may certainly be raised, see for example, the comments on #117. To aid in perspective, the songs are presented in the order in which they were translated, rather than numerical order, as the translator learned much during the process of translation.
For non cesiophiles, cesium is the most electropositive and sublime element known, and as such merits praise, worship, its own newsgroup (alt.cesium), etc. etc. It has a number of unique properties:
It explodes violently on contact with water or moisture in any form.
It burns with a brilliant blue flame (well metaphorically anyway). The name cesium derives from the sky-blue lines in its spectrum.
Its hydroxide (what is left after it is finished exploding with water) is the most powerful base known, and will eat through flesh, glass and many other substances.
It is used as the central component of cesium-beam clocks, the most accurate time pieces in existence.
Radioactive Cesium 137 constitutes one of the most hazardous components of nuclear fallout and powerplant waste.
When consumed over a period of time, it produces a characteristic mania.
Randal C. Nelson
Computer Science Department
University of Rochester
Rochester, New York, 14627
Summary by 何莉 on 2003-09-24
Last updated by 何莉 on 2003-09-24