Sunday, January 2, 2011

A quote by Fulke Greville

While reading "Letters to a Young Contrarian", I found a reference to Fulke Greville in the form of this line: "Created sick---Commanded to be well." It is mentioned as a crude and direct implication of the kind of things that are implicit in the religious teachings.

I found in Wikiquote the full text. It is moving and dramatic, a portrait of the human dilemma.

Oh wearisome condition of Humanity!
Born under one law, to another bound,
Vainly begot and yet forbidden vanity,
Created sick, commanded to be sound:
What meaneth Nature by these diverse laws?
Passion and reason self-division cause.
Is it the mask or majesty of Power
To make offences that it may forgive?
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