Something Feral

Digging up the flower-beds.

Monday, November 17, 2008

"We have forgotten God. That's why all this has happened."

The Solzhenitsyn quote seemed particularly appropriate considering our present state of affairs. These are merely the last rattling gasps of the Republic-That-Should-Have-Been. (Burr should have pulled the trigger on Hamilton a number of years earlier, in my opinion. Good riddance to bad rubbish.)

Anyway, while this has been making the rounds on the Internet, it, and the news of late, reminded me of this poem (in a particularly beautiful rendition by Loreena McKinnett):

Lullaby, by William Blake

O 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,
O who can stand? O who hath caused this?
O who can answer at the throne of God?
The Kings and Nobles of the Land have done it!
Hear it not, Heaven, thy Ministers have done it!

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