Immortality

Original Text: 
Matthew Arnold, New Poems (London: Macmillan, 1867). B-10 2583 Fisher Rare Book Library (Toronto).
2We leave the brutal world to take its way,
3And, Patience! in another life, we say
4The world shall be thrust down, and we up-borne.
5And will not, then, the immortal armies scorn
6The world's poor, routed leavings? or will they,
7Who fail'd under the heat of this life's day,
8Support the fervours of the heavenly morn?
10Kept on after the grave, but not begun;
11And he who flagg'd not in the earthly strife,
12From strength to strength advancing--only he,
13His soul well-knit, and all his battles won,
14Mounts, and that hardly, to eternal life.

Notes

1] First published in New Poems (1867). Back to Line
9] See "Rugby Chapel" for the expression of somewhat the same idea. Back to Line
Publication Start Year: 
1867
RPO poem Editors: 
H. Kerpneck
RPO Edition: 
3RP 3.254.
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