September 5, 2012

The Late Passenger

The sky was low, the sounding rain was falling dense and dark,

And Noah’s sons were standing at the window of the Ark.

The beasts were in, but Japhet said, ‘I see one creature more

Belated and unmated there come knocking at the door.’

‘Well let him knock,’ said Ham, ‘Or let him drown or learn to swim.

We’re overcrowded as it is; we’ve got no room for him.’

‘And yet it knocks, how terribly it knocks,’ said Shem, ‘Its feet

Are hard as horn–but oh the air that comes from it is sweet.’

‘Now hush,’ said Ham, ‘You’ll waken Dad, and once he comes to see

What’s at the door, it’s sure to mean more work for you and me.’

Noah’s voice came roaring from the darkness down below,

‘Some animal is knocking. Take it in before we go.’

Ham shouted back, and savagely he nudged the other two,

‘That’s only Japhet knocking down a brad-nail in his shoe.’

Said Noah, ‘Boys, I hear a noise that’s like a horse’s hoof.’

Said Ham, ‘Why, that’s the dreadful rain that drums upon the roof.’

Noah tumbled up on deck and out he put his head;

His face went grey, his knees were loosed, he tore his beard and said,

‘Look, look! It would not wait. It turns away. It takes its flight.

Fine work you’ve made of it, my sons, between you all to-night!

‘Even if I could outrun it now, it would not turn again

–Not now. Our great discourtesy has earned its high disdain.

‘Oh noble and unmated beast, my sons were all unkind;

In such a night what stable and what manger will you find?

‘Oh golden hoofs, oh cataracts of mane, oh nostrils wide

With indignation! Oh the neck wave-arched, the lovely pride!

‘Oh long shall be the furrows ploughed across the hearts of men

Before it comes to stable and to manger once again,

‘And dark and crooked all the ways in which our race shall walk,

And shrivelled all their manhood like a flower with broken stalk,

‘And all the world, oh Ham, may curse the hour when you were born;

Because of you the Ark must sail without the Unicorn.’

C.S. Lewis, Poems, “The Late Passenger” (1948)


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  2. have you ever heard of the ocean blue? you seem like you would like em..

    also, you might like nobuo uematsu. he writes music for the final fantasy video games. electronic with a fantasy theme you will probably like.

    don't let the fact that this is for a game put you off... this is a great song

  3. interested in purchasing an additional MSQ 700? American Voltage, great condition, 200 bucks. I'm putting it on ebay next week.

  4. I have heard of the Ocean Blue. I used to be really into them years ago... but they didn't quite stick for some reason. That Nobue Uemastu so is interesting. I like the arpeggio parts. I'm a sucker for arpeggios.

    I don't need another MSQ-700 (I have three!) but perhaps someone else around here does.