I loved you, so I drew these tides of men into my hands and wrote my will across the sky in stars.
To earn you Freedom, the seven-pillared worthy house, that your eyes might be shining for me.
When we came, Death seemed my servant on the road, till we were near and saw you waiting:
When you smiled, and in sorrowful envy he outran me and took you apart: Into his quietness.
Love, the way-weary groped the body; our brief wage ours for the moment.
Before earth’s soft hand explored your shape, and the blind worms grew fat upon Your substance.
Men prayed me that I set our work, the inviolate house, as a memory of you.
But for fit monument I shattered it, unfinished: and now…
The little things creep out to patch themselves hovels in the marred shadow.
By T.E. Lawrence
Seven Pillars of Wisdom is the autobiographical account of the experiences of British soldier T. E. Lawrence (“Lawrence of Arabia”), while serving as a liaison officer with rebel forces during the Arab Revolt against the Ottoman Turks of 1916 to 1918.
(The real Lawrence of Arabia)
Love is obviously a very powerful emotion. It is one of the most powerful emotions we feel, as humans.
What Lawrence is saying is that his emotion was so powerful that he took this “tide” (which can also mean surge of emotion).
Love is of the human experience, and he wrote “in the sky as the stars we see.” This imbues his emotion with a sense of permanence, of everlasting expression, which is so beyond the realm of normal human captivity that it cannot be accurately compared to any earthly force.
It is an expression that can be seen by all, everywhere. Clearly this is beyond his ability, but to express love as embodied by an impossibly omnipresent notion;
That is to say what most of us want more than anything, to broadcast our love to everyone, to never to fade. It’s quite romantic, I think.
Thomas Edward Lawrence born in Tremadog, Wales in August 1888. Lawrence was a British archaeologist, military officer, and diplomat.
He was renowned for his liaison role during the Sinai and Palestine Campaign and the Arab Revolt against the ruling Ottoman Empire.
The breadth and variety of his activities and associations, and his ability to describe them vividly in writing, earned him international fame as Lawrence of Arabia; a title used for the 1962 film based on his First World War activities.