George Santayana

(16 December 1863 - 26 September 1952 / Madrid)

Faith


O WORLD, thou choosest not the better part!
It is not wisdom to be only wise,
And on the inward vision close the eyes,
But it is wisdom to believe the heart.
Columbus found a world, and had no chart,
Save one that faith deciphered in the skies;
To trust the soul'd invincible surmise
Was all his science and his only art.
Our knowledge is a torch of smoky pine
That lights the pathway but one step ahead
Across a void of mystery and dread.
Bid, then, the tender light of faith to shine
By which alone the mortal heart is lead
Unto the thinking of the thoughts divine.

Submitted: Wednesday, April 21, 2010

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  • Rookie Angel E. B. (6/14/2013 8:59:00 AM)

    I love this one. It is wisdom to believe the heart. Oh yes, indeed.I love it, love the theme of having faith in dark times and he puts it so beautifully. (Report) Reply

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