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A dark night of history

Witness all the poets – Hopkins, Housman, Hardy, Yeats, Eliot, even Frost; and the prophetic historians – Spengler, Brooks and Henry Adams, Belloc, even H. G. Wells; witness the Hindu, Hassidic, and Catholic prophecies of recent years converging on predictions of the End of the Times of the Nations. The poets and prophets rather than the scientists and philosophers have that intuitive insight into the concrete; and they all say ours is an age of spiritual aridity, dissolution, a Dark Night of history and the Church.