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Or ever the silver cord be loosed

by jdporter (Canon)
on Dec 16, 2002 at 21:19 UTC ( #220365=poem: print w/ replies, xml ) Need Help??

Ecclesiastes 12:1-7 (KJV)

Remember now thy Creator in the days of thy youth, while the evil days come not, nor the years draw nigh, when thou shalt say, I have no pleasure in them; While the sun, or the light, or the moon, or the stars, be not darkened, nor the clouds return after the rain: In the day when the keepers of the house shall tremble, and the strong men shall bow themselves, and the grinders cease because they are few, and those that look out of the windows be darkened, And the doors shall be shut in the streets, when the sound of the grinding is low, and he shall rise up at the voice of the bird, and all the daughters of musick shall be brought low; Also when they shall be afraid of that which is high, and fears shall be in the way, and the almond tree shall flourish, and the grasshopper shall be a burden, and desire shall fail: because man goeth to his long home, and the mourners go about the streets: or ever the silver cord be loosed, or the golden bowl be broken, or the pitcher be broken at the fountain, or the wheel broken at the cistern. Then shall the dust return to the earth as it was: and the spirit shall return unto God who gave it.
$self = bless { youth => { days => [caller] } }; while not $days->{'evil'}->come || $years->draw_nigh( sub { print $self "No pleasure in $_" }; while ( $sun or $light or $moon or $stars ) !~ /darkened/; !or rain(), return( @clouds ); for $day ( <$days> ) { $house->keepers->tremble and $_->bow for grep $_->strong, @men and $_->cease for @grinders if @grinders <= $few and $_->darken for @those_that_look_out_of_windows and $_->shut for @{$streets{'doors'}} and $grinding->sound->{'volume'}-- and $_->rise_up if $bird->voice and $_-- for @{ $music->{'daughters'} } and $_->fear( grep $_->high, @things ) and @way{ @fears }=() and $almond_tree->flourish and @Grasshopper::ISA = ( Burden:: ) and $_->{'desire'}->fail and $man goto $ENV{'HOME'}+0.0 and $_->go_about( @streets ) for @mourners or $silver_cord->loosed or $golden_bowl->broken or $pitcher->broken( @fountain ) or $wheel->broken( @well ) and do { sub { return( $dust => $earth ) } # as it was && return $spirit # to caller ($God) }; }

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Re: Or ever the silver cord be loosed
by Acolyte (Hermit) on Dec 17, 2002 at 18:59 UTC

    What a great passage. It puts the temporary nature of life into such vivid terms while calling attention to the persistence of spirit and to the Creator who gives us both life and spirit.

    Thanks for sharing this.

    Acolyte
    Studying at the feet of the masters

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