Re: A Search for Exemplary Sentences

From: Marion Gunn (
Date: Fri Nov 20 1998 - 05:58:08 EST

Michael Everson wrote:
> "Hey, you, monks, I'm talking to you! Things fall apart...
> ...
> Michael Everson

Things fall apart...??? -- hey, that's not BUDDHIST, its IRISH. See my
beloved Yeats (this should really be enshrined on our website):

The Second Coming

    Turning and turning in the widening gyre
    The falcon cannot hear the falconer;
    Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold;
    Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world,
    The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere
    The ceremony of innocence is drowned;
    The best lack all conviction, while the worst
    Are full of passionate intensity.

    Surely some revelation is at hand;
    Surely the Second Coming is at hand.
    The Second Coming ! Hardly are those words out
    When a vast image out of _Spritus Mundi_
    Troubles my sight; somewhere in sands of the desert
    A shape with lion body and the head of a man,
    A gaze blank and pitiless as the sun,
    Is moving its slow thighs, while all about it
    Reel shadows of the indignant desert birds.
    The darkness drops again; but now I know
    That twenty centuries of stoney sleep
    Were vexed to nightmare by a rocking cradle,
    And what rough beast, its hour come round at last,
    Slouches towards Bethlehem to be born?

from Magnus Robertes and the Dancer (1921)

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