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Food for Thought

2009/11/10

I like these words by Eliot, and plan to come back to them.  First step is to write them here.  What do you think of these words?

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, remembered 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 the 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 things 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.

*Little Gidding V, Four Quartets. — T.S. Eliot (1943)

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3 Responses to “Food for Thought”

  1. Tim Brown Says:

    “And all shall be well and
    All manner of things shall be well.”

    This is a direct quote from Revelations of Divine Love by Julian of Norwich. She was an English mystic born in 1342.

    Beautiful, ancient words.

  2. Julie Says:

    My precious Husband, you are so well read, and your recall is amazing. I treasure your wisdom.

  3. stephanie joyce Says:

    Tim, touching response ….Julie, thanks for posting this…it all goes back to the source ..the “hidden Waterfall”


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