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Amen!
Thanks CR.
P. M.

Chokh Raj <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

>Reminiscent of the ideals of "holy living and holy dying ... sanctity, chastity, humility, austerity," listed by Eliot in his radio-talks titled 'The Modern Dilemma' (1932). 
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>Chokh Raj <[log in to unmask]> wrote Monday, December 17, 2012 8:07 PM: 
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>Thanks, David, for sharing an exquisite piece, Helen Sutherland at Cockley Moor -- a Rhythm, a Rite and a Ceremony by Val Corbett. Its preface from Charles Peguy's Basic Verities, "Everything was a rhythm and a rite and a ceremony... a tradition...an inner elevation and a prayer...", reminds me of the lofty rhythm of ritual in Eliot's 'East Coker':
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>In that open field
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>If you do not come too close, if you do not come too close,
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>On a summer midnight, you can hear the music
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>Of the weak pipe and the little drum
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>And see them dancing around the bonfire
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>the association of man and woman
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>In daunsinge, signifying matrimonie˜
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>A dignified and commodious sacrament.
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>Two and two, necessarye coniunction,
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>Holding eche other by the hand or the arm
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>Whiche betokeneth concorde. Round and round the fire
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>Leaping through the flames, or joined in circles,
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>Rustically solemn or in rustic laughter
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>Lifting heavy feet in clumsy shoes,
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>Earth feet, loam feet, lifted in country mirth
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>Mirth of those long since under earth
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>Nourishing the corn. Keeping time,
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>Keeping the rhythm in their dancing
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>As in their living in the living seasons
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>The time of the seasons and the constellations
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>The time of milking and the time of harvest
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>The time of the coupling of man and woman
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>And that of beasts. Feet rising and falling.
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>Eating and drinking. Dung and death. 
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>Ah, it's all about "the holiness of the Heart's affections," to borrow a phrase from Keats.    
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>It is certainly not the revelry of country yokels, as an insensitive critic I recently came upon pointed out (I'm sorry I don't remember the source). 
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>Regards,
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>  CR 
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>David Boyd <[log in to unmask]> wrote Monday, December 17, 2012 4:00 AM: 
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>Rather local / obscure study, as part attached
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>Think the extract was quoted from a preserved letter from HS, but it isn't further referenced. 
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>On 17 December 2012 05:39, P <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
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>Marvelous, David. Source?
>P. M. 
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>David Boyd <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
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>Am aware of the vast ocean liner bearing-down and the recovering from serious operation quips, but just thought it was worth including this rather more pedestrian evaluation of a home visit from Eliot, made by Helen Sutherland, a mid-twentieth century patron of (modern) art in UK:-
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>‘... and who do you think was brought here by my long friends Janet
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>and Michael Roberts one exquisite Sunday and ate some of my
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>speciality of white currant jam? Well, TS Eliot. It moved me very
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>much to meet him. He is beautiful to look at - very clear-cut features
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>but so sensitively and generously moulded. I was so deeply struck by
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>his humility and the extent of his humanity – I found, felt, or seemed
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>to do so, what I did not at all expect or count on, an instinctive
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>sympathy between us - though I was very shy and he is rather silent -
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>so that I received something most special and lovely from his visit.....'  
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