The following lines from William Blake have always been a favorite, quoted like this. They come, though, let it be said, from a poem that is truly an embarrassment, when read today in its entirety.
Look on the rising sun: there God does live, and gives his light, and gives his heat away ...
And we are put on earth a little space, that we may learn to bear the beams of love.
I think of the last line in this sense: the "beams" we bear are the grand and sturdy pieces of squared timber that support the world we build. And it is from love we build it, within the world of Nature that God has given.
Tuesday, December 28, 2010
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