Saturday, May 23, 2015


Whitsunday at Kirchstetten (selection) WH Auden

                           …In the onion tower overhead
    bells clash at the Elevation,
calling on Austria to change: whether the world has improved
    is doubtful, but we believe it could
 and the divine Tiberius didn’t.  Rejoice, the bells
    cry to me. Blake’s Old Nobodaddy
in his astronomic telescopic heaven,
    the Big White Christian upstairs is dead,
and won’t come hazing us no more, nor bless our bombs:
    no more need sons of the menalty
diving their future from plum stones, count aloud
    Army, Navy, Law, Church …

Donatello, Pentecost, from the Pulpit of the Resurrection, 1465, San Lorenzo, Florence


JCF said...

In Ireland, Pentecost came a day early! [In *spite* of The Church, as the Holy Spirit is wont to do. ;-/]

Funny, I was just quoting Auden in a post about 20 minutes ago (as found in Hymn 463, which I think the killjoy bishops of the (Anglican!) Church of Ireland should reflect upon:

"He is the Way.

Follow him through the Land of Unlikeness;

you will see rare beasts and have unique adventures.

He is the Truth.

Seek him in the Kingdom of Anxiety;

you will come to a great city that has expected your return for years.

He is the Life.

Love him in the World of the Flesh;

and at your marriage all its occasions shall dance for joy."

JCF said...

Dennis Hastert. You wanna say anything, Doug, or is this case of Yet Another F@cking Case of a ***F@cked-Up*** Rethuglican Phobe beyond comment?