Wednesday, May 29, 2013

As the Ruin Falls

by C.S. Lewis

All this is flashy rhetoric about loving you.
I never had a selfless thought since I was born.
I am mercenary and self-seeking through and through:
I want God, you, all friends, merely to serve my turn.

Peace, re-assurance, pleasure, are the goals I seek,
I cannot crawl one inch outside my proper skin:
I talk of love —a scholar's parrot may talk Greek—
But, self-imprisoned, always end where I begin.

Only that now you have taught me (but how late) my lack.
I see the chasm. And everything you are was making
My heart into a bridge by which I might get back
From exile, and grow man. And now the bridge is breaking.

For this I bless you as the ruin falls. The pains
You give me are more precious than all other gains.

Now check out how Phil Keaggy put the words of Lewis' poem to music.  It's a masterpiece. Enjoy.

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2 comments:

Doug Chamberlain said...

Wow, that brings back a lot of memories. Love the song. One of my favorite albums of all time. Thanks for sharing, Bill!

Tony Bloom said...

Phil Keaggy; no guitarist has ever come close. And one of God's own. What a fitting tribute to CS Lewis' words. Thanks Bill!