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Rumi, an excerpt from “Love with No Object,” THE SOUL OF RUMI, tr. Coleman Barks (New York: HarperCollins, 2001), p. 168.

Have you seen someone fall in

love with his own shadow? That’s what we’ve done. Leave
partial loves and find the one

that’s whole. Where is someone who can do that? They’re
so rare, those hearts that carry

the blessing and lavish it over everything. Hold out your
beggar’s robe and accept

their generosity. Anything not coming from that will damage
the cloth, like a sharp stone

tearing your sincerity. Keep that intact, and use clarity;
call it discernment,

You have within you a deciding force that knows what to
receive, what to turn from.

~
From "Four Quartets" by T.S. Eliot

Who then devised the torment? Love.
Love is the unfamiliar Name
Behind the hands that wove
The intolerable shirt of flame
Which human power cannot remove.
     We only live, only suspire
     Consumed by either fire or fire...

...A people without history
Is not redeemed from time, for history is a pattern
Of timeless moments...

...

We shall not cease from exploration
And the end of all our exploring
Will be to arrive where we started
And know the place for the first time.
Through the unknown, remembered gate
When the last of earth left to discover
Is that which was the beginning;
At the source of the longest river
The voice of the hidden waterfall
And the children in the apple-tree
Not known, because not looked for
But heard, half-heard, in the stillness
All manner of thing shall be well
When the tongues of flame are in-folded
Into the crowned knot of fire
And the fire and the rose are one.

***” Sin is Behovely, but
All shall be well, and
All manner of thing shall be well

“All shall be well, and
 All manner of thing shall be well."

Dame Julian of Norwich, Revelations of Divine Love, the 13th revelation; a modern translation of which might read "Sin was necessary, but it is going to be well, everything is going to be well".

"By the purification of the motive
 In the ground of our beseeching."
Dame Julian of Norwich, Revelations of Divine Love, the 14th revelation.

Lyrics

Love’s (Old) Sweet Refrain
Aine Minogue

You think it’s over
You think your race is-run
When somewhere in the distance
An old melody is sung

Familiar in accord,
The words form on your lips
And before you know it
He’s right there with a kiss

CHORUS:
Sometimes it’s dissonant (sometimes it rains)
And yet it’s still the same
You can’t help but just sing along
to love’s old sweet refrain
You can’t help but just sing along
to love’s old sweet refrain

You say I’ve been a fool
Never - again
And up and on you go and do
the same thing - again

There’s that old refrain
how bitter sweet its sound
damned if I can help myself
when I hear love’s old sweet song

CHORUS
Sometimes its dissonant (sometimes it rains)
Yet it’s still the same
You can’t help but just sing along
To love’s old sweet refrain
Can’t help but just sing along
to love’s old sweet refrain



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CREDITS:
Jon Evans: Bass
Eugene Friesen: Cellos
Al Halliday: Vocals, Harmony vocals
Áine Minogue: Irish harp, vocals
Billy Novick: Clarinet