EternityAnd, on the facing page, also from William Blake, the very lines I shared with Maliha only a couple of weeks ago, when we were discussing innocence:
He who binds to himself a joy
Does the winged life destroy.
But he who kisses the joy as it flies
Lives in eternity's sun rise.
– William Blake
To see a World in a Grain of SandI turned to go back to bed, but since that selection from Blake reminded me of Maliha, I decided to "get a hit" from the Qur'an. As I walked back to the bookshelf I imagined opening the book near one end. To ensure that I didn't consciously choose either the front or the back, I rotated the book with my eyes closed before opening it. It was the back, where my thumb covered the opening verse of Surah 58:
And a Heaven in a Wild Flower,
Hold infinity in the palm of your hand
And Eternity in an hour.
She Who Disputes
...And God hears both your sides in an argument,
for God is all-hearing, all-seeing.
– Thomas Cleary translation