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Four Quartets - T. S. Elliot

Four Quartets - T. S. Elliot

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"Although logos is common to all, most people liveas if they had a wisdom of their own."
1. p.77. Fr.2
"The way upward and the way downward are the same."
1. p.89. Fr.60
 Die Fragmente der Vorsokratiker 
(No. 1 of 'Four Quartets') T.S. Eliot
 Time present and time pastAre !oth perhaps present in time future,And time future contained in time past.f all time is eternally presentAll time is unredeema!le.#hat might have !een is an a!straction$emaining a perpetual possi!ility%nly in a world of speculation.#hat might have !een and what has !een&oint to one end, which is always present.'ootfalls echo in the memoryDown the passage which we did not takeTowards the door we never openednto the rosegarden. )y words echoThus, in your mind. *ut to what purposeDistur!ing the dust on a !owl of roseleaves do not know. %ther echoesnha!it the garden. +hall we follow
-uick, said the !ird, find them, find them,$ound the corner. Through the first gate,nto our first world, shall we followThe deception of the thrush nto our first world.There they were, dignified, invisi!le,)oving without pressure, over the dead leaves,n the autumn heat, through the vi!rant air,And the !ird called, in response toThe unheard music hidden in the shru!!ery,And the unseen eye!eam crossed, for the rosesHad the look of flowers that are looked at.There they were as our guests, accepted and accepting.+o we moved, and they, in a formal pattern,Along the empty alley, into the !o circle,To look down into the drained pool.Dry the pool, dry concrete, !rown edged,And the pool was filled with water out of sunlight,And the lotos rose, /uietly, /uietly,The surface glittered out of heart of light,And they were !ehind us, reflected in the pool.Then a cloud passed, and the pool was empty.0o, said the !ird, for the leaves were full of children,Hidden ecitedly, containing laughter.0o, go, go, said the !ird: human kind1annot !ear very much reality.Time past and time future#hat might have !een and what has !een&oint to one end, which is always present.
 0arlic and sapphires in the mud1lot the !edded aletree.The trilling wire in the !lood+ings !elow inveterate scarsAppeasing long forgotten wars.The dance along the arteryThe circulation of the lymphAre figured in the drift of starsAscend to summer in the tree#e move a!ove the moving treen light upon the figured leaf And hear upon the sodden floor *elow, the !oarhound and the !oar &ursue their pattern as !efore*ut reconciled among the stars.
At the still point of the turning world. 2either flesh nor fleshless3 2either from nor towards3 at the still point, there the dance is,*ut neither arrest nor movement. And do not call it fiity,#here past and future are gathered. 2either movement from nor towards, 2either ascent nor decline. 4cept for the point, the still point,There would !e no dance, and there is only the dance. can only say,
 we have !een: !ut  cannot say where.And  cannot say, how long, for that is to place it in time.The inner freedom from the practical desire,The release from action and suffering, release from the inner And the outer compulsion, yet surrounded*y a grace of sense, a white light still and moving,
 without motion, concentration#ithout elimination, !oth a new worldAnd the old made eplicit, understoodn the completion of its partial ecstasy,The resolution of its partial horror.5et the enchainment of past and future#oven in the weakness of the changing !ody,&rotects mankind from heaven and damnation#hich flesh cannot endure. Time past and time futureAllow !ut a little consciousness.To !e conscious is not to !e in time*ut only in time can the moment in the rosegarden,The moment in the ar!our where the rain !eat,The moment in the draughty church at smokefall*e remem!ered3 involved with past and future.%nly through time time is con/uered.
 Here is a place of disaffectionTime !efore and time after n a dim light: neither daylightnvesting form with lucid stillnessTurning shadow into transient !eauty#ith slow rotation suggesting permanence 2or darkness to purify the soul4mptying the sensual with deprivation1leansing affection from the temporal. 2either plenitude nor vacancy. %nly a flicker %ver the strained timeridden facesDistracted from distraction !y distraction'illed with fancies and empty of meaningTumid apathy with no concentration)en and !its of paper, whirled !y the cold windThat !lows !efore and after time,

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