T.S.Eliot on Pentecost – Redeemed from Fire by Fire

The dove descending breaks the air

With flame of incandescent terror

Of which the tongues declare

The one discharge from sin and error.

The only hope, or else despair

Lies in the choice of pyre or pyre –

To be redeemed from fire by fire

T.S.Eliot, “Little Gidding” in Four Quartets

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