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May 30, 2011

In Memoriam

Filed under: General Homeland Security — by Philip J. Palin on May 30, 2011

We shall not cease from exploration
And the end of all our exploring
Will be to arrive where we started
And know the place for the first time.
Through the unknown, unremembered gate
When the last of earth left to discover
Is that which was the beginning;
At the source of the longest river
The voice of the hidden waterfall
And the children in the apple-tree
Not known, because not looked for
But heard, half-heard, in the stillness
Between two waves of the sea.
Quick now, here, now, always—
A condition of complete simplicity
(Costing not less than everything)
And all shall be well and
All manner of thing shall be well
When the tongues of flame are in-folded
Into the crowned knot of fire
And the fire and the rose are one.

From Quartet Number 4, Little Gidding by T.S. Eliot

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2 Comments »

Comment by William R. Cumming

May 30, 2011 @ 11:55 pm

Okay Phil so will it be with a bang or with a wimper?

Comment by Philip J. Palin

May 31, 2011 @ 4:37 am

It depends, perhaps, on who, where, and what you are. After recalling and retrieving these verses for HLSWatch I read them aloud to three different folks at three different times. One received the words with complete indifference, another responded with a deep breath and expressed quiet satisfaction, the third burst into tears.

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