by Alfred Tennyson, Lord (1809 - 1892)

God and the Universe
Language: English 
Will my tiny spark of being wholly vanish in your deeps and heights?
Must my day be dark by reason, O ye Heavens, of your boundless nights,
Rush of Suns, and roll of systems, and your fiery clash of meteorites?

"Spirit, nearing yon dark portal at the limit of thy human state,
Fear not thou the hidden purpose of that Power which alone is great,
Nor the myriad world, His shadow, nor the silent Opener of the Gate."

Confirmed with The English Poets, ed. by Thomas Humphry Ward, New York, London: Macmillan and Co., 1880-1918.


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