Lamentations Year C, Ordinary Time, Proper 22 Hymn Instance Glory to God: the You have access to this FlexScore. General Settings. Text size Text size:. Music size Music size:. Capo Capo:. This is a preview of your FlexScore. Suddenly, he woke up in his dream to see lights everywhere in the place of gods, and he saw the place alive again in his dreams.
He saw the gods and saw motion everywhere. He saw them in the river and in the air. The buildings were not ruined. The place was beautiful. Then abruptly fire fell from the sky and the Great Burning occurred, killing all of the gods and destroying most of their buildings. The dream made John get everything about the Place of Gods. He knew that after all, they were not Gods, they were men and this was a normal city long ago until a disaster ruined it. John was not scared anymore. He told his father about it all.
The paintings seem to be examples of Impressionism or Pointillism. John wishes he understood the magic that once made these things function. John soon realizes that he will have to spend the night in the apartment. He is afraid to sleep in a Dead Place, but if he sleeps outside, he risks being attacked by the dogs. It gets dark, and though John has not yet explored all of the rooms, he decides to make a fire in the fireplace of a large room with windows overlooking the city.
Weary, he soon falls asleep. The fire he builds recalls the symbolic association between fire and knowledge, rooted in the Greek myth of Prometheus, who stole fire from the gods to give to humanity. John wakes in the middle of the night. The fire has gone out and he thinks he hears voices and whispers. John insists that he is not lying—as a priest and the son of a priest, he does not lie, and he believes that the spirits in the Dead Place wanted to speak to him.
John tells us again that he felt his spirit being drawn out of his body, adding that he could look down and see his body lying in the room below.
John has distinguished spirit and body before, but now his spirit is physically separated from his body. Looking out through the windows, John is amazed to see that the City of the Gods is not dark, even though it is night. There are so many lights in the city—some of them blurred by motion—that John can barely see the stars. John is terrified and overwhelmed by the brightness of the lights, and by a strange roaring sound. Looking out on the city, John realizes that through some kind of powerful magic, he is seeing the city as it was in the Time of the Gods.
John tells us that, if his spirit had been in his body when he had this vision, he believes that he would have died of shock. John watches as the gods and their chariots fill the streets, and he is amazed to see that they travel in every direction, even to the other side of the earth, building roads and tunnels—even flying!
Readers understand that John is witnessing New York city lit up at night by electric light—an astounding sight for a person from a society without electricity. Though John does not fully understand what he sees, readers understand that modern humans possess powers that once were only ascribed to gods.
The gods, John tells us, were restless, powerful, marvelous, and terrible, and they possessed vast knowledge and wisdom. John describes himself as child in comparison to the gods and says that if they had possessed any more knowledge, they would have been able to pull the moon out of the sky. Yet John knows, too, that the gods did not always use their knowledge well.
Fire fell out of the sky onto the people in the streets and toppled the towers, he tells us. The island was covered in a poisoned mist, and the gods ran through the streets in terror. Only a few of the gods escaped, and city became a Dead Place. As John watches the gods dying before him, he weeps, and the city grows dark. Though nuclear weapons had not yet been invented, the poison in the ground seems to foresee the consequences of radiation poisoning.
Sorry, but only registered users have full access. How about getting full access immediately? Yet, all through the night, I knew that I should have to cross the river and walk in the places of the gods, although the gods ate me up. At one point, he is ready to stop and return home, fooling himself that he should be happy because he was able to see the place of the Gods for himself. He soon realizes however that just seeing will never be enough for him and he willingly risks his life to get closer to the dangerous place everyone told him to stay away from.
John however is willing to take the risk and to sacrifice everything for something he believes in.By the Waters of Babylon Questions and Answers The Question and Answer sections of our study guides are a great resource to ask questions, find answers, and discuss literature. Home By the Waters of Babylon Q & A Ask a question and get answers from your fellow students and educators. Ask a Question. Browse Questions; All;.