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Poem by Matthew Arnold

Religious Isolation


Children (as such forgive them) have I known,
Ever in their own eager pastime bent
To make the incurious bystander, intent
On his own swarming thoughts, an interest own,--

Too fearful or too fond to play alone.
Do thou, whom light in thine own inmost soul
(Not less thy boast) illuminates, control
Wishes unworthy of a man full-grown.

What though the holy secret, which moulds thee,
Moulds not the solid earth? though never winds
Have whispered it to the complaining sea,

Natures great law, and law of all mens minds?
To its own impulse every creature stirs:
Live by thy light, and earth will live by hers!

Matthew Arnold

Matthew Arnold's other poems:
  1. To George Cruikshank
  2. Written in Butlers Sermons
  3. Written in Emersons Essays
  4. To the Duke of Wellington
  5. Heines Grave

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