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On words and ritual

Now that I’ve arrived in Australia I thought I’d revisit a speech I gave when I was here last, a year ago. What follows was commissioned by the Dean of Perth, the Very Reverend John Shepherd, and delivered in Perth Cathedral in January 2008:

Shakespeare wrote in the Merchant of Venice:

The man that hath no music in himself, Nor is not moved with concord of sweet sounds, Is fit for treasons, stratagems, and spoils, The motions of his spirit are dull as night, And his affections dark as Erebus: Let no such man be trusted.

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