You'll excuse me. Just putting the lines in order. 


Chokh Raj <[log in to unmask]> wrote Monday, November 26, 2012 12:25 PM: 


History has many cunning passages, contrived corridors
And issues, deceives with whispering ambitions,        
Guides us by vanities. Think now
She gives when our attention is distracted
And what she gives, gives with such supple confusions
That the giving famishes the craving. Gives too late
What’s not believed in, or if still believed,        
In memory only, reconsidered passion. Gives too soon
Into weak hands, what’s thought can be dispensed with
Till the refusal propagates a fear. Think
Neither fear nor courage saves us. Unnatural vices
Are fathered by our heroism. Virtues         
Are forced upon us by our impudent crimes.
These tears are shaken from the wrath-bearing tree.


Phlebas the Phoenician, a fortnight dead,  
Forgot the cry of gulls, and the deep seas swell  
And the profit and loss.  
                          A current under sea  
Picked his bones in whispers. As he rose and fell
He passed the stages of his age and youth  
Entering the whirlpool.


In order to possess what you do not possess,
You must go by the way of dispossession.

A condition of complete simplicity
(Costing not less than everything) 



Chokh Raj <[log in to unmask]> wrote Monday, November 26, 2012 10:59 AM:


The Politics of T.S. Eliot
by Russell Kirk
February 1, 1989


From: Chokh Raj <[log in to unmask]>
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Sent: Saturday, November 24, 2012 9:19 PM
Subject: Re: TS Eliot vis-a-vis WW1&2 (was Re: trench)

T. S. Eliot's Political 'Middle Way'
By Michael R. Stevens
Religion & Liberty » Volume 9, Number 5
 - September and October 1999