T.S. Eliot (The Rock)

t.s. eliot

Opening Stanza from Choruses from “The Rock”

The Eagle soars in the summit of Heaven,

The Hunter with his dogs pursues his circuit.

O perpetual revolution of configured stars,

O perpetual recurrence of determined seasons,

O world of spring and autumn, birth and dying

The endless cycle of idea and action,

Endless invention, endless experiment,

Brings knowledge of motion, but not of stillness;

Knowledge of speech, but not of silence;

Knowledge of words, and ignorance of the Word.

All our knowledge brings us nearer to our ignorance,

All our ignorance brings us nearer to death,

But nearness to death no nearer to GOD.

Where is the Life we have lost in living?

Where is the wisdom we have lost in knowledge?

Where is the knowledge we have lost in information?

The cycles of Heaven in twenty centuries

Bring us farther from GOD and nearer to the Dust.

T. S. Eliot (1888-1965), The Rock (1934)

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5 thoughts on “T.S. Eliot (The Rock)

    1. I heard an excerpt of it in a radio sermon and looked it up, it was quite impactful!
      These two lines were just amazingly arresting and powerful to me!
      “Where is the wisdom we have lost in knowledge?
      Where is the knowledge we have lost in information?”
      a.g.

      1. Yeah those lines got me too. I tried to find the entire poem online, but could only find segments. I’m sure it’s out there somewhere. From what I read, T.S. Eliot’s thoughts and concerns are just true. Even though it was written 80 years ago, things haven’t really changed.

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