Friday, 6 April 2012

Hamlet

Hamlet
The noise is stilled. I come out on the stage.
Leaning against the door-post
I try to guess from the distant echo
What is to happen in my lifetime.

The darkness of night is aimed at me
Along the sights of a thousand opera-glasses.
Abba. Father, if it be possible,
Let this cup pass from me.

I love your stubborn purpose,
I consent to play my part,
But now a different drama is being acted;
For this once let me be.

Yet the order of the acts is planned
And the end of the way inescapable.
I am alone; all drowns in the Pharisees' hypocrisy.
To live your life is not as simple as to cross a field*.
Boris Pasternak, Dr Zhivago

*The last line is a Russian proverb.

If one can have a favourite Good Friday passage this would be it.


Abba. Father, if it be possible,
Let this cup pass from me.

2 comments:

  1. and my favorite Easter passage is "into thy hands I commit my spirit" (and my fear, doubt, sinful self...) Happy Easter, Joan.

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  2. Bellezza - A passage to contemplate today. We had a lovely Easter, hope you & your family enjoyed Easter as well.

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