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Wednesday, April 17, 2019

 

Never Give In, Never, Never, Never


Thus spoke Winston Churchill in 1941.

And Mark Steyn echoes that in this concluding paragraph in his elegy for Notre Dame.

And yet the next time in Paris I shall visit again those magnificent rose windows and feel something akin to the connection Keats did to the figures on that Greek urn. Civilization is always a paradox: deep roots and yet a thin veneer. To raze Notre Dame to the ground would have been a grand victory for barbarism. If not a "wake-up call", the sight that arises this Tuesday on the Île de la Cité is a kind of pre-Easter resurrection, or at least a reprieve.

We have a reprieve, let us make the best of it.

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