Alfred Richard Orage (1873 – 1934)
Flower Festival 2012:
Arranged by Esther Fitzgerald and Andrea Brown and given by the Graveyard Philosophy Club.
The poet T. S. Eliot wrote of him as “the finest critical intelligence of our day”; The artist Eric Gill who designed and carved his grave wrote of him ” there is no art nonsense about him………nothing of the crank. Behind his great intelligence, and maintaining it, was a rich humanity. Ezra Pound was enormously grateful to Orage for his sound advice suggesting that if he wanted to change the earth into heaven he would have to keep his feet firmly on the ground.
Orage was the founding member of the Leeds Art Club, instigator of the National Guild Movement and backed by George Bernard Shaw purchased and edited ‘New Age’ from 1907 to 1922. ‘New Age’ was the most influential publication of modernist thought of its time. He later went on to found the New English Weekly.
He died suddenly in 1934.
The Dean of Canterbury, at his own suggestion, presided over the service at St John’s Hampstead attended by hundreds of mourners .
The words of Krishna to Arjurna found in the Bhagavad Gita are carved into his grave:
Thou grievest for those that should not be grieved for
The wise grieve neither for the living nor for the dead
Never at any time was I not, nor thou, nor these princes of men
Nor shall we ever cease to be hereafter
The unreal has no being
The real never ceases to be.
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