Ex Libris Kirkland

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First Written 1938
Genre Poetry
Origin UK
Publisher Harcourt
ISBN-10 0156632772
ISBN-13 978-0156632775
My Copy library paperback
First Read April 13, 2013

Murder in the Cathedral

The murderers defense speeches are so great.

You are Englishmen, and therefore you believe in fair play: and when you see one man being set upon by four, then your sympathies are with the under dog. I respect such feelings. I share them.

Quoted on April 20, 2013

We did not wish anything to happen.
We understood the private catastrophe,
The personal loss, the general misery,
Living and partly living;
The terror by night that ends in daily action,
The terror by day that ends in sleep;
But the talk in the market-place, the hand on the broom,
The night-time heaping of the ashes,
The fuel laid on the fire at daybreak,
These acts marked a limit to our suffering.
Every horror had its definition,
Every sorrow had a kind of end:
In life there is not time to grieve long.

Quoted on April 20, 2013

Peace! be quiet! remember where you are, and what is happening;
No life here is sought for but mine,
And I am not in danger: only near to death.

Quoted on April 20, 2013

We do not know very much of the future
Except that from generation to generation
The same things happen again and again.
Men learn little from others’ experience.
The same time returns. Sever
The cord, shed the scale. Only
The fool, fixed in his folly, may think
He can turn the wheel on which he turns.

Quoted on April 20, 2013

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