Hope travels through, nor quits us when we die

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Children running in the park     Painting by Andrew Macaria

Here’s a poem by Alexander Pope, from his “Essay on Man” ( though I’ve never heard the word “pelf” before and wonder if he made it up!)

‘Human Folly’ – the poem

Whate’er the passions, knowledge, fame, or pelf,

Not one will change is neighbour with himself.

The learn’d is happy nature to explore

, The fool is happy that he knows no more;

The rich is happy in the plenty given,

The poor contents him with the care of Heaven,

See the blind beggar dance, the cripple sing

The sot a hero, lunatic a king;

The starving chemist in his golden views

Supremely bless’d, the poet in his Muse.

See some strange comfort ev’ry state attend,

And Pride bestow’d on all, a common friend:

See some fit passion every age supply;

Hope travels through, nor quits us when we die.

Behold the child, by Nature’s kindly law,

Pleas’d with a rattle, tickled with a straw:

Some livelier plaything gives his youth delight,

A little louder, but as empty quite:

Scarfs, garters, gold, amuse his riper state,

And beads and prayer-books are the toys of age:

Pleas’d with this bauble still, as that before,

Till tired he sleeps, and life’s poor play is o’er.

 

(Extract from ‘Essay on Man’, Epistle II)

 

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Published by ahiggins2013

poet, birder, senior citizen, cancer survivor, Catholic sister. Eight books of poetry published: At the Year’s Elbow, Mellen Poetry Press 2000; Scattered Showers in a Clear Sky, Plain View Press 2007; chapbooks: Pick It Up and Read, Finishing Line Press 2008, How the Hand Behaves, Finishing Line Press 2009, Digging for God, Wipf and Stock 2010, Vexed Questions, Aldrich Press 2013, Reconnaissance, Texture Press 2014, and Life List, Finishing Line Press, 2015.

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