Thursday, 9 August 2012

The Thursday Poem

Young Woman Reading by a Window - Delphin Enjolras


From: A Song to David

Strong is the horse upon his speed;
Strong in pursuit the rapid glede,
Which makes at once his game:
Strong the tall ostrich on the ground;
Strong through the turbulent profound
Shoots Xiphias to his aim.

Strong is the lion - like coal
His eyeball, - like a bastion's mole
His chest against the foes:
Strong the gier-eagle on his sail;
Strong against tide th' enormous whale
Emerges as he goes.

But stronger still, in earth and air,
And in the sea, the man of prayer,
And far beneath the tide:
And in the seat to faith assign'd,
Where ask is have, where seek is find,
Where knock is open wide.

Christopher Smart
(11th April 1722 - 21st May 1771)

from the book: Poem for the Day One

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