Poets Walk: "in thy spirit"
Location on Poets Walk Map: 85
Passage from A Fragment by Sarah J. Lippincott
That in thy spirit shall upspring for ever!
Twinned with thy soul, it lived in thy first thoughts, —
It haunted with strange dreams thy boyish years,
And colored with its deep, empurpled hue
The passionate aspirations of thy youth.
Go, take from June her roses, — from her streams
The bubbling fountain-springs, — from life take love, —
Thou hast its all of sweetness, bloom, and strength.
There is a grandeur in the soul that dares
To live out all the life God lit within, —
That battles with the passions hand to hand,
And wears no mail, and hides behind no shield, —
That plucks its joy in the shadow of death’s wing, —
That drains with one deep draught the wine of life,
And that with fearless foot and heaven-turned eye
May stand upon a dizzy precipice,
High o’er the abyss of ruin, and not fall!