Ходжа Н. (hojja_nusreddin) wrote,
Ходжа Н.

“In love's service, only the wounded soldier can serve”

In Thornton Wilder's play, "The Angel that Troubled the Waters", the story is told of a physician at the Pool of Bethesda hoping to be healed of his melancholy.
The angel appeared and stirred the water, but blocks the physician at the moment he is ready to step in and be healed.
The physician drew back as the Angel said that the moment is not for him.
The physician protested and the Angel explained:

"Without your wound, where would your power be?
It is your very remorse that makes your low voice tremble into the hearts of men.
The very angels themselves cannot persuade the wretched and blundering children on earth as can one human being broken on the wheels of living.
In love's service, only the wounded soldier can serve
Draw back!"

Торнтон Уайлдер, "Ангел, возмутивший воды и другие пьесы", (1928), пер. с английского, М., 2005 г., - 190 с. Цена 290 руб.

Bonus: Руми, "На бойне любви"

На бойне любви убивают лишь лучших,
Не слабых, уродливых и невезучих.
Не надо бояться подобной кончины,
Убит не любовью? Знать, жил мертвечиной!

Рубайат # НЕТ, Исфаган # 0681
Tags: любовь, рана, служба

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