He that sings a lasting song, thinks in a marrow-bone

“There was a time in the eighteenth century when the London theatres were attracting great crowds, while the churches were quite poorly attended. The then Bishop of London asked the celebrated actor David Garrick why it was that actors who peddled mere fiction could draw and move the hearts of many people, while the most wonderful of realities seemed to be having hardly any impact. Garrick replied, ‘It is because we represent fiction as a reality, and you represent reality as a fiction’….

“There are those who study theology but do not pray regularly or enjoy the presence of God; there are those who can discuss the atonement but have no awareness of being at one with God. If knowledge is in the mind alone, people will often communicate the facts in a dull manner. There is a big gap between saying we believe and saying we know: while the creed can be learned, the presence and power of God have to be experienced, and we need people who can pass on knowledge with passion, awe, reverence and joy…”          David Adam

GOD guard me from those thoughts men think
In the mind alone;
He that sings a lasting song
Thinks in a marrow-bone;
From all that makes a wise old man
That can be praised of all;
O what am I that I should not seem
For the song’s sake a fool?
I pray — for word is out
And prayer comes round again —
That I may seem, though I die old,
A foolish, passionate man.

William Butler Yeats

2 thoughts on “He that sings a lasting song, thinks in a marrow-bone

  1. Pauline, this resonates much with my thoughts at this time. How to EXPERIENCE God rather than just thinking about Him. Thank you. With Yeats I would rather be reckoned among those who have tasted God rather than those who only told tales from mere rational knowledge. The Word is LIFE.

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