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Poem by Samuel Johnson


LIFE of Ages, richly poured,
Love of God, unspent and free,
Flowing in the Prophets word
And the Peoples 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 spirits 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 thinkers creed,
Pulsing in the heros 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 Prophets word
And the Peoples liberty! 

Samuel Johnson

Samuel Johnson's other poems:
  1. To Myrtilis - The New Year's Offering
  2. Parody of a Translation from the Medea of Euripides
  3. To Miss --
  4. From the Medea of Euripides
  5. Written at the Request of a Gentleman to Whom a Lady Had Given a Sprig of Myrtle

Poems of the other poets with the same name:

  • Robert Service Inspiration ("How often have I started out")
  • Ella Wilcox Inspiration ("Not like a daring, bold, aggressive boy")
  • Aldous Huxley Inspiration ("Noonday upon the Alpine meadows")

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