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Friday, September 29, 2006

Poetry Friday

What Man May Learn, What Man May Do
by Robert Louis Stevenson.

What man may learn, what man may do,
Of right or wrong of false or true,
While, skipper-like, his course he steers
Through nine and twenty mingled years,
Half misconceived and half forgot,
So much I know and practise not.

Old are the words of wisdom, old
The counsels of the wise and bold:
To close the ears, to check the tongue,
To keep the pining spirit young;
To act the right, to say the true,
And to be kind whate'er you do.

Thus we across the modern stage
Follow the wise of every age;
And, as oaks grow and rivers run
Unchanged in the unchanging sun,
So the eternal march of man
Goes forth on an eternal plan.

1 comment:

Esther said...

Denise, I happen to be reading a bio on RLS. All I really knew of him was the time he wrote a letter in defense to the attack by the Rev. Hyde against Fr. Damien.

I was never really a big fan of poetry but am slowly starting to love some of them. Thanks for posting beautiful poetry on your blog.