image :: The Holy Women at the Tomb, William-Adolphe Bouguereau (1890, French)
“Blessed and holy is the one who shares in the first resurrection! Over such the second death has no power.” Revelation 20:6
This: were we led all that way for
Birth or Death? There was a Birth, certainly
We had evidence and no doubt. I had seen birth and death,
But had thought they were different; this Birth was
Hard and bitter agony for us, like Death, our death.
We returned to our places, these Kingdoms,
But no longer at ease here, in the old dispensation,
With an alien people clutching their gods.
I should be glad of another death.
T.S. Eliot, 20th century
sound :: Te Deum, Aeterna fac, Anton Bruckner (1884)
The apocalyptic fury of the choir and orchestra comes to an abrupt and unresolved cadence. Aeterna fac cum sanctis tuis, Latin for “Make them to be numbered with Thy saints” is a line from the early Christian hymn, Te Deum.