Quote9- James Joyce

IMG_0373“His soul swooned slowly as he heard the snow falling faintly through the universe and faintly falling, like the descent of their last end, upon the living and the dead.”                                                   –The Dead, James Joyce

The word swoon brings to mind rapture, bliss, rhapsody or a state of grace, transcendence, loss of consciousness, feeling faint.

IMG_0371Each snowflake is of its own accord, never to exist again at this moment or any other; the snow doesn’t know prejudice as it falls equally upon all things, living and dead, it being a catalyst to transformation… life and death, never to return in the same inflection.

Our pilgrim opens his soul to transcendence, by the sound of snow falling as faintly as his soul to the last second in time only to continue in another inflection.

© JC

7 thoughts on “Quote9- James Joyce

  1. “the snow doesn’t know prejudice as it falls equally upon all things, living and dead, it being a catalyst to transformation…”

    Beautifully said J.C. and a very spiritual posting. I love it as I also do James Joyce.
    Thanks also for the photos, particular the second with the ethereal light over
    the landscape and garden.
    Bless you

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    1. I have had this quote written down in my journal for years it seems. I didn’t think I could ever do it justice. I wrote something else to post, but a feeling came over me, try this quote again. So I thank you for your kind words for they mean a lot, especially for this post.

      Grace and Peace…


  2. One of my all time favourite quotes. I used to repeat this to myself, savouring the words, the alliteration, the beat and of course the intense emotion. It lifts just so…hangs there…the moment of transcendence.

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    1. I don’t believe, you can read these words at any time and not be taken aback. They are magical and as close to perfect as any line in the English language can be.

      Thanks for your comment!

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