Poetry, VOLUME 2

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

FAITH AGAINST SIGHT
John Henry Newman
(1801-1890)


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.

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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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