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James Joyce

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The heaventree of stars hung with humid nightblue fruit. (683)

 
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Stars and blossoming fruit-trees: utter permanence and extreme fragility give an equal sense of eternity. [p.277]

 
Simone Weil
 

The seed buried in the ground produces fruit, and in turn this is planted. Thus the harvest is multiplied. So the death of Christ on the cross of Calvary will bear fruit unto eternal life. The contemplation of this sacrifice will be the glory of those who, as the fruit of it, will live through the eternal ages.

 
Ellen G. White
 

For the man crucified on the crossed machine guns
Without name, without ressurection, without stars,
His dark head heavy with death and his flesh long sour
With the smell of his many prisons John Smith, John Doe,
John Nobody oh, crack your mind for his name!
Faceless as water, naked as the dust,
Dishonored as the earth the gas-shells poison
And barbarous with portent.
  This is he.
This is the man they ate at the green table
Putting their gloves on ere they touched the meat.
This is the fruit of war, the fruit of peace,
The ripeness of invention, the new lamb,
The answer to the wisdom of the wise.
And still he hangs, and still he will not die
And still, on the steel city of our years
The light falls and the terrible blood streams down.

 
Stephen Vincent Benet
 

Beside the staff of life,
taken and fashioned from the heavy earth,
beside our marriage, work, and war
the free man, too, will live and grow towards the sun.
Not the ripe fruit alone
blossom is lovely, too.
Does blossom only serve the fruit,
or does fruit only serve the blossom
who knows?
But both are given to us.

 
Dietrich Bonhoeffer
 

Of course, fairies are all imported in North America. We have no native fairies. The Little People do not long survive importation unless they go to California and grow large and beautiful, but haven't much flavour, like the fruit and the film stars.

 
Robertson Davies
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