Haven't been following all
these exceedingly interesting posts very closely - sorry for my
inattention ! - but the ref. [CR's?] in one of them to TSE's IMHO quite
sublime 'to my wife' poem clanged many bells, as regards that which
I think TSE, towards the end of his most accomplished life, came fully
to experience, on emotional as well as intellectual planes, and to
comprehend and completely to affirm and I do think much is condensed in
the following, but I'd be most interested in views / comments as to
whether it's maybe a pantheistic or religously-transcendental experience, but
I do most fervently believe that one has to have been there personally in
order completely to understand all the following [just one way of putting it,
after all !!]........ :-
If I speak in the tongues of men
and of angels, but have not love,
I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal.
And if I have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all
and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains,
have not love, I am nothing.
If I give away all I have,
and if I
deliver my body to be burned,
but have not love, I gain nothing.
Love is patient,
love is kind;
love is not jealous or
it is not arrogant or rude.
Love does not insist on its own
it is not irritable or resentful;
it does not rejoice at wrong,
but rejoices in the right.
Love bears all things, believes all things,
hopes all things, endures all things.
Love never ends.
prophecies, they will pass away; as for tongues, they will cease;
knowledge, it will pass away.
For our knowledge is imperfect and our
prophecy is imperfect;
but when the perfect comes, the imperfect will pass
When I was a child, I spoke like a child,
I thought like a
child, I reasoned like a child;
when I became a man, I gave up childish
For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face.
know in part; then I shall understand fully,
even as I have been fully
So faith, hope, love abide, these three;
but the greatest
of these is love.
First Letter of St. Paul to
the Corinthians 13:1-13