Barber - Adagio & Agnus Dei

The Sentimental Stargazer


Alan Houser-ABQ Museum 

We live in a dynamic universe powered by change.
Everything changes: 
     planets, stars and galaxies - 
         atoms, molecules and cells - 
             flowers, trees and people.
There is life here. There is love here. . . . and mysteries.
We come, we go. Everything comes, everything goes. 
It’s natural. It’s astonishing. It’s even beautiful.


Long ago, friends unhappy with religion asked for my help.
I was a young naive priest then, so I impulsively promised:
     a survey of modern science for curious non-scientists and
     a new view of today's world - far, far beyond religion and superstition.
It was a big bite, but fifty years later,
    after leaving society, religion and gods behind,
         we have at least a beginning.

Warning - proceed at your own risk:
This journey may challenge everything you have been taught
    about origins and ends, time and space, even life and love.
        But as Columbus said:

"You can never cross the ocean
          until you have the courage to lose sight of the shore” 

             — Christopher Columbus


Come, my friends,  ’Tis not too late to seek a newer world.

Come, my friends,

’Tis not too late to seek a newer world.

Push off, and sitting well in order smite

The sounding furrows; for my purpose holds

To sail beyond the sunset, and the baths

Of all the western stars, until I die.

It may be that the gulfs will wash us down:

It may be we shall touch the Happy Isles,

And see the great Achilles, whom we knew.

Tho’ much is taken, much abides; and tho’

We are not now that strength which in old days

Moved earth and heaven; that which we are, we are;

One equal temper of heroic hearts,

Made weak by time and fate, but strong in will

To strive, to seek, to find, and not to yield.

          —  Tennyson.   .   .

To strive, to seek, to find, and not to yield.


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