heart beneath, as if, God speeding me,
entered His church door, nature leading me
I looked to these very skies,
probing their immensities ,
God there, His visible power;
the love of God -- above
power, didst hear me place His love,
was leaving the world for Thee.
Therefore Thou must not turn from me
As I had
chosen the other part!
and pride o=ercame
is bad, nor bear Thy test;
it should be our very best.
thought it best that Thou, the spirit,
worshiped in spirit and in truth,
beauty, as even we require it---
the forms burlesque, uncouth,
but now, as scarcely fitted
Thee: I knew not what I pitied.
I felt there, right or wrong,
it to Thee, who curest sinning?
Am I not
weak as Thou art strong?
looked to Thee from the beginning,
up to Thee through all the world
like an idle scroll, lay furled
nothingness on either side:
since the time Thou wast descried,
the weak heart, so have I
ever, and so fain would die,
and dying, Thee before!
Thou leavest me-----
in Christ as we all confess,
we prove would avail no jot
Him God, if God he were not?
(Browning, 1912, 11-42)