Who can catch a forest of falling leaves?
I think every New Englander is born hearing the drumbeats of Armageddon. Those drumbeats are always there with them: a sound in the back of their minds. The sound rolls on, soft but steady, without a stop; always heard and so never heard. Every New Englander is a Puritan in the end: Protestant, Catholic, Agnostic -even Atheist... Sometimes those drumbeats rise to the fore, and then the quiet hills and meadows erupt. Ask Sasacus, Philip, Gage, Lee...
I think all of us have some intimation of the Eschaton. It comes to us when we're not ready: the sudden crack of starry banners caught in a celestial wind. Then we remember that we are in occupied territory; that we were meant to be more than what we are. It comes most clearly in our dreams: the first time we fly among the clouds, the sword fight on the tips of the bamboo, the morning we drank from the Firefall and danced. Look at our dreams, our legends, our deepest longings. They don't all point back, some of them point forward.
Lord, we know what we are, but not what we may be.