"If there were a mile high mountain of granite, and once every ten-thousand years, a bird flew past and brushed it with a feather - By the time that mountain was worn away, a fraction of a second would have passed in the context of eternity."

-Lois Duncan
Stranger With My Face

A poem by William Blake:

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.

One of the best Bobby tunes ever! Soulful, moody and pondering the Great Unknown: suitable material for a Grateful Dead song.

Lyrics: Bob Weir
Music: Bob Weir, Rob Wasserman, Willie Dixon

Reprinted with permissions: copyright Ice Nine Publishing



I'm lookin' out my window
I watch the clouds go by
I look to see eternity
The endless rolling sky

You cannot think of eternity
Think of it like time
You try to think, you try to count
You just mess up your mind

Eternity, eternity
Honey, I love you, you love me
Let's love each other through eternity

Since before man could see
There was eternity
After man is come and gone
Eternity lingers on, eternity lingers on

Everything crawl, creep, or fly
Just live until they die
I love you, honey you love me
Let's love each other through eternity

Eternity, eternity
I love you, you love me
Let's love each other through eternity
Through eternity

Well I think about life, we don't know
Whether it all could be in vain
Look through time, it's for sure
It's the greatest gift to man

Music and Love, you can't explain
Try and understand
The greatest thing could ever be
We make love through eternity
Make love through eternity

When the world think our defeat
Think that we are gone
We'll still have our place of peace
Our love will linger on, linger on

We won't care just what who said
If it's truth or lie
We'll still have our greatest gift
Our love won't ever die
Love won't ever die
Love won't ever die

By Robert Herrick

O Years! and Age! Farewell
Behold I go,
Where I do know
Infinity to dwell.

And these mine eyes shall see
All times, how they
Are lost i’ th’ Sea
Of vast Eternity.

Where never Moon shall sway
The Stars; but she,
And Night, shall be
Drown’d in one endless day




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For over thirty years, from 1930 through to the late 60s, the word "Eternity" appeared written in chalk in elegant copperplate writing on the footpaths throughout Sydney. For over twenty years this had been a mystery, but in 1956 it was discovered that "Mr Eternity" was Arthur Stace, a former petty crook and alcoholic who had become a devout christian. After attending a paticularly firey sermon, where the preacher declared that he wished he could "shout ETERNITY through all the streets of Sydney", Stace felt a calling to write "Eternity" on the footpath in chalk. He then did this every day until he died in 1967; leaving his home at 5:00 in the morning and returning around 10:00, he walked the streets and wrote his word wherever he thought it would be most visible, and best convey his message.

Arthur Stace has had occasional imitators over the years, and I recall five years ago seeing his "Eternity" on the footpath near St Leonards station. I had to stop for a while and just look at it, taking in its simple beauty.

The word reached its biggest audience during the New Years celebration fireworks for 2000. The climax of the fireworks show had the word "Eternity" appear, in Stace's flowing script underlined by the tail of the "y", in firey letters on the side of the Sydney Harbour Bridge. Even people that didn't know the story behind it found it moving, and those that did found it even more so. In my view, it was the single best decision made by planners of millenium celebrations anywhere. It was timeless, and something unique to Sydney.

E*ter"ni*ty (?), n.; pl. Eternities (#). [F. 'eternit'e, L. aeternitas, fr. aeternus. See Etern.]

1.

Infinite duration, without beginning in the past or end in the future; also, duration without end in the future; endless time.

The high and lofty One, that inhabiteth eternity. Is. lvii. 15.

2.

Condition which begins at death; immortality.

Thou know'st 't is common; all that lives must die, Passing through nature to eternity. Shak.

 

© Webster 1913.

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