Poems of Arthur Hugh Clough

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Macmillan & Company, 1888 - 459 pages
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Page 453 - SAY NOT THE STRUGGLE NOUGHT AVAILETH. SAY not, the struggle nought availeth, The labour and the wounds are vain, The enemy faints not, nor faileth, And as things have been they remain. If hopes were dupes, fears may be liars ; It may be, in yon smoke concealed, Your comrades chase e'en now the fliers, And, but for you, possess the field. For while the tired waves, vainly breaking, Seem here no painful inch to gain, Far back, through creeks and inlets making, Comes silent, flooding in, the main, And...
Page 38 - To veer, how vain ! On, onward strain, Brave barks ! In light, in darkness too, Through winds and tides one compass guides To that, and your own selves, be true.
Page 38 - But O blithe breeze ! and O great seas, Though ne'er, that earliest parting past, On your wide plain they join again, Together lead them home at last. One port, methought, alike they sought, One purpose hold where'er they fare, — O bounding breeze, O rushing seas ! At last, at last, unite them there ! Qui LABORAT, ORAT.
Page 184 - Thou shalt not steal; an empty feat, When it's so lucrative to cheat: Bear not false witness; let the lie Have time on its own wings to fly : Thou shalt not covet; but tradition Approves all forms of competition.
Page 91 - To spend uncounted years of pain, Again, again, and yet again, In working out in heart and brain The problem of our being here ; To gather facts from far and near, Upon the mind to hold them clear, And, knowing more may yet appear, Unto one's latest breath to fear The premature result to draw — Is this the object, end and law, And purpose of our being here ? THE SHADOW'.
Page 84 - Take better part, with manlier heart, Thine adult spirit can ; No God, no Truth, receive it ne'er — Believe it ne'er — O Man ! But turn not then to seek again What first the ill began ; No God, it saith ; ah, wait in faith God's self-completing plan ; Receive it not, but leave it not, And wait it out, O Man ! ' The Man that went the cloud within Is gone and vanished quite ; He cometh not...
Page 273 - Europe, which now can forget them, release not This, their choicest of prey, this Italy; here you see them, — Here, with emasculate pupils and gimcrack churches of Gesu, Pseudo-learning and lies, confessional-boxes and postures, — Here, with metallic beliefs and regimental devotions...
Page 85 - H cometh not,' the people cries, ' Nor bringeth God to sight : Lo these thy gods, that safety give, Adore and keep the feast ! ' Deluding and deluded cries The Prophet's brother-Priest : And Israel all bows down to fall Before the gilded beast. Devout, indeed ! that priestly creed, O Man, reject as sin ; The clouded hill attend thou still, And him that went within. He yet shall bring some worthy thing For waiting souls to see : Some sacred word that he hath heard Their light and life shall be;...
Page 19 - I HAVE seen higher, holier things than these, And therefore must to these refuse my heart, Yet am I panting for a little ease; I'll take, and so depart. Ah, hold! the heart is prone to fall away, Her high and cherished visions to forget, And if thou takest, how wilt thou repay So vast, so dread a debt ? How will the heart, which now thou trustest, then Corrupt, yet in corruption mindful yet, Turn with sharp stings upon itself!
Page 105 - Seek sadly what for Him ye left, go hopeless to your home; Nor ye despair, ye sharers yet to be of their belief ; Though He be dead, He is not dead, Nor gone, though fled, Not lost, though vanished , Though He return not, though He lies and moulders low; In the true creed He is yet risen indeed ; Christ is yet risen.

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