Sunday, March 11, 2012

Sunday morning synchronicity

"Sinne is behovely, but alle shalle be wele, and alle shalle be wele, and alle maner of thinge shalle be wel."
        - Julian of Norwich, A Revelation of Love

"Sin is behovely, but
All shall be well, and
All manner of thing shall be well."
       - T. S. Eliot, "Little Gidding"

"Go," said Wednesday, his voice a reassuring growl. "All is well, and all is well, and all shall be well."
       - Neil Gaiman, American Gods


  1. Oh, I love that. I'd honestly never seen it in Middle English before. Although, it brought to mind Chaucer. I suspect that I'll spend the rest of my morning quoting from the Canterbury Tales. Even though my pronunciation is truly terrible.

    1. Julian is my favorite mystic. And yes, she wrote it first.

  2. I still have a book about her hanging about from one of my classes. Should revisit her, clearly.

    What is it about repeating things three times? It's like certain chords in movie music, goes straight to the shiver button. Is that something that only shows up in the Anglosphere?

    1. I find her amazing - just an extraordinary writer and thinker, full of compassion, and very eloquent.

      And I think (though I could be in error) things coming in threes is one of those things that crosses cultures and mythologies.

    2. You are right about threes. That does cross cultures and mythologies. Greek mythology has it, as does Norse. At death, the Chinese believe that the soul splits into three components (one stays at the grave, another at the ancestral tablet, while the third goes on to judgement).