Poetry Explorer- Classic Contemporary Poetry, ON CERTAIN BOOKS (2), by CHARLES TENNYSON TURNER



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ON CERTAIN BOOKS (2), by             Poet's Biography
First Line: Alas! My friend, 'tis motive power one needs
Last Line: While smart theosophies lose heart and die.
Subject(s): Books; Reading


Alas! my friend, 'tis motive power one needs
And not these idle fancies ill-advised;
Mere harness will not pull us up to Christ,
Without the strength of full and living creeds;
These shiny morals are not match for sin,
These empty trappings are not force nor speed;
What! shall we hope the chariot race to win
With straps and head-stalls only? To succeed
In that great race, to Faith alone is given --
On-looking Faith, whose object fires the will;
And, as the distance shrinks 'twixt earth and heaven,
Glows with its motion, and bears forward still,
Because it marks the goal with steadfast eye,
While smart theosophies lose heart and die.






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