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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