Arthur Hugh Clough

(1 January 1819 – 13 November 1861 / Liverpool)

In A Lecture Room - Poem by Arthur Hugh Clough

Away, haunt thou me not,
Thou vain Philosophy!
Little hast thou bestead,
Save to perplex the head,
And leave the spirit dead.
Unto thy broken cisterns wherefore go,
While from the secret treasure-depths below,
Fed by the skyey shower,
And clouds that sink and rest on hilltops high,
Wisdom at once, and Power,
Are welling, bubbling forth, unseen, incessantly?
Why labor at the dull mechanic oar,
When the fresh breeze is blowing,
And the strong current flowing,
Right onward to the Eternal Shore?


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  • Savita Tyagi (11/8/2019 8:04:00 AM)

    Great poem. Philosophy can not be constructed just by mind alone. It must be backed by calls from a higher spirit. (Report)Reply

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  • Kingsley Egbukole (11/8/2019 6:05:00 AM)

    An interesting write up. Thanks for sharing. (Report)Reply

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  • Dominic Windram (11/8/2019 2:36:00 AM)

    As a philosophy graduate I can relate to this poem. Indeed, it does seem to, ' perplex the head/ And leave the spirit dead..' I rarely study it these days. Currently my focus is firmly on creativity...poetry. (Report)Reply

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  • Lungelo S Mbuyazi (11/8/2018 12:37:00 PM)

    Such a nice write here... so enjoyable in reading (Report)Reply

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  • Nadia Umber Lodhi (11/8/2018 11:33:00 AM)

    the strong current flowing,
    Right onward to the Eternal Shore
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  • Edward Kofi Louis (11/8/2018 11:28:00 AM)

    Clouds that sink! ! With the muse of life.

    Thanks for sharing this poem with us.
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  • Bernard F. Asuncion (11/8/2018 12:46:00 AM)

    Such a great write by Arthur Hugh Clough.......................... (Report)Reply

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  • Mr Salte (11/8/2018 12:31:00 AM)

    All These things we see are passing away, vanity of philosophies, vanity of wisdoms, vanity of vanities, we are all passing away with it. (Report)Reply

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Poem Submitted: Friday, January 3, 2003



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