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"I had seen birth and death, / But had thought they were different"

 

 

 

Christ as Sol Invictus  

 

"Early Christian and pagan beliefs are combined

in this third century mosaic of Christ as a sun-god.

The triumphant Christ/god, with rays shooting from his head,

is pulled aloft by two rearing horses in his chariot.

The Dionysian vines in the background become the vines of Christ."

 

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Image:ChristAsSol.jpg

 

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but thou art above, thou Orion of light

 

Gerard Manley Hopkins

 

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The horses, under the axletree 

Beat up the dawn from Istria

 

T.S. Eliot