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Sunday, March 28, 2010

C. S. Lewis on death, and the end of the world

"Sir," said Caspian. "I've always wanted to have just one glimpse of their world. Is that wrong?"
"You cannot want wrong things any more now, that you have died, my son," said Aslan. C. S. Lewis, The Silver Chair, New York: Macmillan, 1953, p. 205.

. . . but the things that began to happen after that were so great and beautiful that I cannot write them. And for us this is the end of all stories, and we can most truly say that they all lived happily ever after. But for them it was only the beginning of the real story. All their life in this world and all their adventures in Narnia had only been the cover and the title page.: now at last they were beginning Chapter One of the Great Story, which no one on earth has read: which goes on for ever: in which every chapter is better than the one before. C. S. Lewis, The Last Battle, New York: Macmillan, 1956, pp. 173-4.


Julana said...

The second was read at the funeral of my friend's daughter, a college freshman who died in a car accident just before Christmas, a few years ago.

Martin LaBar said...

That was certainly appropriate!


Marci's World said...

Just last week, I chose this passage for my father's funeral - he is passing steadily in his coracle to the end of all things and the beginning to all things new.
This entry and reader comment are happy affirmations of the choice.

Martin LaBar said...

I may ask that this be read at mine, too. Sorry about your father.

Thanks for commenting.