Winter 1985 • Vol. VII No. 1 Nonfiction |

The Tears of Art

 That girls are raped, that two boys knife a third, Were axioms to him, who'd never heard Of any world where promises were kept Or one could weep because another wept.     —W. H. Auden, "The Shield of Achilles"  Generous tears filled Gabriel's eyes. He had never felt like that himself towards any woman, but he knew that such a feeling must be love.            —James Joyce, "The Dead" I According to the Bible, the Lord made earth and heaven and formed man from the dust of the ground by breathing into his nostrils. Then He planted a garden where man was placed, and in the middle of Eden He set the tree of life and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. "There was a river flowing from Eden to water the garden, and when it left the garden it branched into four streams"—Pishon, Gihon, Tigris and Euphrates. And so the waters of fruitfulness were given to the earth and to man before the Fall and before the knowledge of evi

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