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Poem by Matthew Arnold


Immortality


Foil'd by our fellow-men, depress'd, outworn,
We leave the brutal world to take its way,
And, Patience! in another life, we say
The world shall be thrust down, and we up-borne.

And will not, then, the immortal armies scorn
The world's poor, routed leavings? or will they,
Who fail'd under the heat of this life's day,
Support the fervours of the heavenly morn?

No, no! the energy of life may be
Kept on after the grave, but not begun;
And he who flagg'd not in the earthly strife,

From strength to strength advancing--only he,
His soul well-knit, and all his battles won,
Mounts, and that hardly, to eternal life. 



Matthew Arnold


Matthew Arnold's other poems:
  1. To Marguerite: Continued
  2. Calais Sands
  3. Stanzas Composed at Carnac
  4. Heines Grave
  5. Stanzas from the Grande Chartreuse


Poems of the other poets with the same name:

  • Joseph Addison Immortality ("O Liberty! thou goddess, heavenly bright")
  • George Russell Immortality ("WE must pass like smoke or live within the spirits fire")
  • Ellis Butler Immortality ("I bowed my head in anguish sore")
  • Katharine Tynan Immortality ("So I have sunk my roots in earth")

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