For ever and ever, we say when we are young, or in our prayers. Twice, we say it, do we not? For ever and ever … so that a thing may be for ever, a life or a love or a quest, and yet begin again, and be for ever just as before. And any ending that may seem to come is not truly and ending, but an illusion. For Time does not die. Time has neither beginning nor end, and so nothing can end or die that has once had a place in Time.
And here we stand in a long time gone, that has not yet come. Here.
Susan Cooper, from “Silver on the Tree”