Poetry, VOLUME 2

Poem: John Henry Newman “Faith Against Sight” [Vol. 2, #20]

John Henry Newman

The world has cycles in its course, when all
That once has been, is acted o’er again:–
Not by some fated law, which need appal
Our faith, or binds our deeds as with a chain;
But by men’s separate sins, which, blended still,
The same bad round fulfil.

Then fear ye not, though Gallileo’s scorn ye see,
And soft-clad nobles count you mad, true hearts!
These are the fig-tree’s signs;–rough deeds must be,
Trials and crimes: so learn ye well your parts.
Once more to plough the earth it is decreed,
And scatter wide the seed.

C. Christopher Smith is the founding editor of The Englewood Review of Books. He is also author of a number of books, including most recently How the Body of Christ Talks: Recovering the Practice of Conversation in the Church (Brazos Press, 2019). Connect with him online at: C-Christopher-Smith.com


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