Friday, May 11

invictus reply

"Art though in truth? Then what of him
Who bought thee with his blood?
Who plunged into devouring seas
And snatched thee from the flood?

Who bore for all our fallen race
What non but him could bear.
The God who died that man might live,
And endless glory share?

Of what avail they vaunted strength,
Apart from his vast might?
Pray that his Light may pierce the gloom,
That thou mayest see aright.
Men are as bubbles on the wave,
As leaves upon the tree.
Thou, captain of thy soul, forssoth!
Who gave that place to thee?

Free will is thinge-free agency,
To wield for right or wrong:
But thou must answer unto him
To whom all souls belong.
Bend to the dust that head "unbowed,"
Small part of Life's great whole!
And see in him, and him alone,
The Captain of thy soul."

-Orson F. Whitney

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