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First Line: Beware of doubt - faith is the subtle chain
Last Line: That questions of thy faith, the cold external doubt.
Alternate Author Name(s): Smith, Seba (E. Oakes), Mrs.; Oakes-smith, Elizabeth
Subject(s): Atheism; Doubt; Faith; Life; Skepticism; Belief; Creed


Beware of doubt -- faith is the subtle chain
Which binds us to the Infinite: the voice
Of a deep life within, that will remain
Until we crowd it thence. We may rejoice
With an exceeding joy, and make our life,
Ay, this external life, become a part
Of that which is within, o'erwrought and rife
With faith, that childlike blessedness of heart.
The order and the harmony inborn
With a perpetual hymning crown our way,
Till callousness, and selfishness, and scorn,
Shall pass as clouds where scatheless lightnings play.
Cling to thy faith -- 'tis higher than the thought
That questions of thy faith, the cold external doubt.





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