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Samuel Johnson (Сэмюэл Джонсон)


Inspiration


LIFE of Ages, richly poured,
Love of God, unspent and free,
Flowing in the Prophet’s word
And the People’s liberty!

Never was to chosen race
That unstinted tide confined;
Thine is every time and place,
Fountain sweet of heart and mind!

Secret of the morning stars,
Motion of the oldest hours,
Pledge through elemental wars
Of the coming spirit’s powers!

Rolling planet, flaming sun,
Stand in nobler man complete;
Prescient laws Thine errands run,
Frame the shrine for Godhead meet.

Homeward led, the wondering eye
Upward yearned in joy or awe,
Found the love that waited nigh,
Guidance of Thy guardian Law.

In the touch of earth it thrilled;
Down from mystic skies it burned:
Right obeyed and passion stilled
Its eternal gladness earned.

Breathing in the thinker’s creed,
Pulsing in the hero’s blood,
Nerving simplest thought and deed,
Freshening time with truth and good,

Consecrating art and song,
Holy book and pilgrim track,
Hurling floods of tyrant wrong
From the sacred limits back,—

Life of Ages, richly poured,
Love of God, unspent and free,
Flow still in the Prophet’s word
And the People’s liberty! 



Samuel Johnson's other poems:
  1. To Myrtilis - The New Year's Offering
  2. On Hearing Miss Thrale Consulting with a Friend About a Gown and Hat
  3. On The Death Of Stephen Grey, F.R.S.
  4. Written At The Request Of A Gentleman To Whom A Lady Had Given A Sprig Of Myrtle
  5. From the Medea of Euripides


Poems of other poets with the same name (Стихотворения других поэтов с таким же названием):

  • Robert Service (Роберт Сервис) Inspiration ("How often have I started out")
  • Ella Wilcox (Элла Уилкокс) Inspiration ("Not like a daring, bold, aggressive boy")

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