Tuesday, January 17, 2017

‘The Divorce of Heaven and Earth’

14 And God said, Let there be lights in the firmament of the heaven to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs, and for seasons, and for days, and years:
15 And let them be for lights in the firmament of the heaven to give light upon the earth: and it was so.
16 And God made two great lights; the greater light to rule the day, and the lesser light to rule the night: he made the stars also.
17 And God set them in the firmament of the heaven to give light upon the earth,
18 And to rule over the day and over the night, and to divide the light from the darkness: and God saw that it was good.
19 And the evening and the morning were the fourth day.

Which alone spreadeth out the heavens, and treadeth upon the waves of the sea.
Which maketh Arcturus, Orion, and Pleiades, and the chambers of the south.

Through sky richly filled
With star-clusters bright and fair,
Slowly plods the bulky Bear.
On earth pairs of lights
Roll forward in morbid line,
Racing down a roadway bland.

The cities of the hills, the plain, and by the main,
Awash in purple-green fluorescent light,
Numbed by its never-ending hum,
Few eyes there will see the beauty
Of the Seven Sisters of the Pleiades,
Few ears will hear the sweetness of their voices.

Orion, the mighty hunter of the sky,
Strides across the heavens as the seasons turn.
But for man entranced by TV glare,
Summer is the same as winter.
What recks he for the journey of a stranger?

In a quiet night in a hermit’s hut
A single candle burns before the icon of the Panaghia.
Softly he sings a hymn to the Master’s Mother;
Quickly is he joined by a chorus now familiar:
Hawk and hart; moon and mouse; a host of others.

And eager alway to join the vigil song
To the Queen of Heaven and earth,
And to add their beams to the vigil light -
Orion, the Seven Pleiads, and the Bear.


Holy Ælfred the Great, King of England, South Patron, pray for us sinners at the Souð!

Anathema to the Union!

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