And ever shall be

The Gloria Patri, sung as a doxology in Catholic churches, reads, "Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost; as it was in the beginning, is now and ever shall be, world without end. Amen." As Stephen settles into Mr. Deasy's office, he recalls the day he first sat there and weaves the words of the doxology through his thoughts: "As it was in the beginning, is now. On the sideboard the tray of Stuart coins, base treasure of a bog: and ever shall be. And snug in their spooncase of purple plush, faded, the twelve apostles having preached to all the gentiles: world without end."

John Hunt 2012