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The Second Coming by W.B. Yeats

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 Spiritus 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 stony 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?

~

The Four Quartets
T S Eliot
EAST COKER
(No. 2 of 'Four Quartets')
IV
The wounded surgeon plies the steel
That questions the distempered part;
Beneath the bleeding hands we feel
The sharp compassion of the healer's art
Resolving the enigma of the fever chart.
    Our only health is the disease
If we obey the dying nurse
Whose constant care is not to please
But to remind of our, and Adam's curse,
And that, to be restored, our sickness must grow worse.
    The whole earth is our hospital
Endowed by the ruined millionaire,
Wherein, if we do well, we shall
Die of the absolute paternal care
That will not leave us, but prevents us everywhere.
    The chill ascends from feet to knees,
The fever sings in mental wires.
If to be warmed, then I must freeze
And quake in frigid purgatorial fires
Of which the flame is roses, and the smoke is briars.
    The dripping blood our only drink,
The bloody flesh our only food:
In spite of which we like to think
That we are sound, substantial flesh and blood—
Again, in spite of that, we call this Friday good...

... Love is most nearly itself
When here and now cease to matter.
Old men ought to be explorers
Here or there does not matter
We must be still and still moving
Into another intensity
For a further union, a deeper communion
Through the dark cold and the empty desolation,
The wave cry, the wind cry, the vast waters
Of the petrel and the porpoise. In my end is my beginning.

Lyrics

Warrior or Healer
Áine Minogue

The
Center breaks
yet on I go
Lay on the healer's hand
touch and go
Live to fight
beg to stay
And by some grace
I Live to fight another day.


CHORUS:

This warrior's sword
This healer's hand
I carve the wound
I thread the strand

Through grief, through shade
Both in honor stand
Warrior or healer,
My brother my band
Scalpel or sword drawn
my right or my left hand


CHORUS:

This warrior's sword
This healer's hand
I carve the wound
I thread the strand

Through grief, through shade
Both in honor stand
Warrior or healer,
My brother my band
Scalpel or sword drawn
my right or my left hand

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CREDITS:

Jon Evans: Pedal Steel, Guitars
Eugene Friesen: Cellos
Áine Minogue: Irish harp, vocals