November 15, 2011

listening to Max Bruch's Scottish Fantasy . . .

Today's received-in-the-mail The New Yorker (Nov. 14, 2011) has a couple of fine quotes from W. H. Auden:
To Pray is to pay attention or, shall we say, 'listen' to someone or something other than oneself.
I like that . . . it may reach my notion (mostly unexpressed) of prayer . . .
The second quote is maybe as good, one of his last poems, a haiku:
He has never seen God,
but, once or twice, he believes
he has heard Him.

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