"Thanks and thanks again to Him who offers to the man whom the sorrows of life have assaulted and left naked–offers to him the fig leaf of the Word with which he can cover his wretchedness." -Søren Kierkegaard

A Poem

Posted in Good Quotes by matt on Saturday, August 21, 2010

I and the public know

What all schoolchildren learn

Those to whom evil is done

Do evil in return.

-W. H. Auden

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Celtic Lullaby

Posted in Good Quotes, Stuff I'm Reading by matt on Sunday, September 13, 2009

Below is one of my favorite poems by a guy named William Blake. Blake was a pretty weird guy with some strange theology, but his poetry is beautiful and worth reading. This particular poem is a strong condemnation of war and oppression and injustice. The last line is so convicting it makes me nauseous.

Oh for a voice like thunder, and a tongue
To drown the throat of war! – When the senses
Are shaken, and the soul is driven to madness
Who can stand? When the souls of the oppressed
Fight in the troubled air that rages, who can stand?
When the whirlwind of fury comes from the
Throne of God, when the frowns of His countenance
Drive the nations together, who can stand?
When sin claps his broad wings over the battle
And sails rejoicing in the flood of death
When souls are torn to everlasting fire
And fiends of hell rejoice upon the slain
Oh who can stand? Oh who hath caused this?
Oh who can answer at the Throne of God?
Kings and nobles of the land have done it!
Hear it not, Heaven, thy ministers have done it!

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