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From: "Dan'l Danehy-Oakes" 
Subject: (urth) RE: Digest from  urth@urth.net
Date: Thu, 7 Feb 2002 08:27:47 -0800

> Hyacinth, or whatever s/he represents, blooms as a 
> flower.  Perhaps these recombinations offer some hope for destitute
> crushed under the tyranny of wicked men.  It seems to me that the passage 
> aptly states that a definite hope for a return from doom lies in the 
> transformation to ever-blooming flora.   


Not to be always harping on the obvious... but...

Wolfe, as a committed Christian, certainly believes that the only real 
hope for the human race lies in a hybrid (of God and Man) and in a very 
real transformation of humanity - both the individual human person and
the whole human race. The Catholic Church would, I believe, add that 
this transformation (into an eternal and "glorified" form - thus "ever-
blooming" indeed) can come about only through the 'ingestion' of the 
body of the hybrid, which changes us to be "more conformed" to the 
"image" of the hybrid. And, as with Hyacinth, the true salvation or
transformation comes (can come) only after the death of this physical 

Flowers in general, and roses in particular, are also a common figure
for Christ (the word "ever-blooming" reminds me in particular of the 
old Christmas song "Lo! How a rose ever-blooming":

Lo, how a rose e'er blooming
From tender stem hath sprung!
Of Jesse's lineage coming
As men of old have sung
It came, a floweret bright
Amid the cold of winter
When half spent was the night 

Isaiah 'twas foretold it
The rose I have in mind
With Mary we behold it
The Virgin Mother kind
To show God's love aright
She bore to men a Saviour
When half spent was the night 

O Saviour, Child of Mary
Who felt our human woe
O Saviour, King of glory
Who dost our weakness know
Bring us at length, we pray
To the bright courts of heaven
And to the endless day 

Happy Thursday.


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