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26 January | Sacred Readings v1

VI. THE PASSING OF ÓGUN.

“What Heaven-sent art has Ógun to undo
That deed, and bid the still-born live? Besides,
Who taught the peaceful peoples of the World
Their longing for red War? Who forged their weapons—
With steel Arámfè gave for harvesting?
Who slew young maids who would not wed to bear
p. 49 More sons for ancient wars? Who, pray, but Ógun,
The God of War? … Continue reading

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25 January | Sacred Readings v1

VI. THE PASSING OF ÓGUN.

King Ógun spoke: “My son,
‘Tis long since you were here, and you are welcome.
But why with these armed men do you recall
Times well-forgotten and the ancient wars?
This is a land of peace: beneath the shade
Of Ífè’s trees the mirth of Heaven’s vales
Has found a home, the chorus and the dance
Their measure. Lay by your arms, and may… Continue reading

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24 January | Sacred Readings v1

VI. THE PASSING OF ÓGUN.

…While the fathers feared
The coming of the day when the grey God,
Aweary of Earth’s Kingship, would go back
To his first far-off home, the young men’s dreams
Were always of Orányan, and their pale days
Lagged by. . . Such were the various thoughts of men
In Ífè, when on a clay, unheralded,
Orányan with a host appeared before
Her peaceful gates… Continue reading

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23 January | Sacred Readings v1

VI. THE PASSING OF ÓGUN.

Yet now, Oíbo, let a final tale
Be told; for, at the last, that silent age
Yields up the legend of its fall. In those
Last tranquil years the mothers blessed King Ógun
For peaceful days and night’s security;
And old men used to tell of their brave deeds
In battles where Orányan led, applaud
The torch-lit dance and pass their last calm days… Continue reading

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22 January | Sacred Readings v1

VI. THE PASSING OF ÓGUN.

Forgotten lives were lived, and shadowy priests
Kept warm the altars of the departed Gods:
Old men went softly to the River’s lip1
Unsung: ‘twixt hope and fear mute colonists
Went forth to the strange forests of the World;
And unremembered wives sought out the shrines
Of the givers of new life. Their names are lost. . .

Myths of Ífè