Poetry Explorer- Classic Contemporary Poetry, THE RIVALS, by ROBERT WHITAKER

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THE RIVALS, by            
First Line: Freedom and faith went wooing for a soul
Last Line: "upon the track that runs from goal to goal."
Subject(s): Faith; Freedom; Religion; Belief; Creed; Liberty; Theology

Freedom and Faith went wooing for a soul;
And Freedom said: "I love the open ways,
Who weds with me shall come and go at will."

"Who weds with me," said Faith, "shall wear a yoke;
Linked in his consciousness to Cosmic Law,
Moving between high confidence and awe,
Knowing himself one with all human folk,
With all that is, yet shall this thought evoke
Temple and citadel from dust and straw;
He shall be builder, and shall find no flaw
In dreaming dreams, yet measuring his stroke."

And the soul answered Freedom, "Freer still
Than he who has no path, is he who stays
Upon the track that runs from goal to goal."

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