"I said to my soul, be still, and let the dark come upon
Which shall be the darkness of God."
That defines the state of the dark night of the soul -- a
state reminiscent of Gerontion's "sleepy corner" vis-a-vis the
spectacle of the world's annihilation. A person
of religious sensibility would love to aspire to that state, I
Thanks for quoting an illuminating passage.
O dark dark dark. They all go into the dark,
The vacant interstellar spaces, the vacant into the vacant,
The captains, merchant bankers, eminent men of letters,
The generous patrons of art, the statesmen and the rulers,
Distinguished civil servants, chairmen of many committees,
Industrial lords and petty contractors, all go into the dark,
And dark the Sun and Moon, and the Almanach de Gotha
And the Stock Exchange Gazette, the Directory of Directors,
And cold the sense and lost the motive of action.
And we all go with them, into the silent funeral,
Nobody's funeral, for there is no one to bury.
I said to my soul, be still, and let the dark come upon you
Which shall be the darkness of God.
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Sent: Friday, March 26, 2010
Subject: Re: Eliot on Charles
"O Lord Thou pluckest me out
O Lord Thou pluckest"
"Come in under the shadow of this red
"The wilderness is cracked and
But through the water pale and
Still shine the unoffending
"the True Church can never fail /
For it is based upon a rock."
"This is the land. We have our
Fri, 3/26/10, Peter Montgomery <[log in to unmask]"
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Unless the seed fall
into the ground and die....
Thursday, March 25, 2010 10:35 AM
Re: Eliot on Charles Williams' mysticism
"Love...is a deity of whom most human
beings seldom see more than the shadow" --
"the Vision...towards which creation
"a lifetime's death in love" --
"On montrera mon cénotaphe
Aux côtes brulantes de Mozambique."