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all things shall be well

22 October, 2017

I’ve heard that the 18th century Viennese composer Mozart was the same person — via the mechanism of reincarnation — as the 14th century English anchoress and mystic Julian of Norwich. This seems ridiculous until you hear the slow movement of his clarinet concerto — written whilst also working on The Magic Flute, with its themes of trial and initiation into higher knowledge, and the Requiem, which he thought might well be his own — and read her words — written (the first in English by a woman) in summary reflection after nearly dying, receiving the Last Rites and then many visions about sin and love:

All shall be well,
and all shall be well,
and all manner of thing shall be exceeding well.

Time stands still indeed.

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