A New Pilgrimage: Sonnet XXXIV

Wilfrid Scawen Blunt 1840 (Petworth House) – 1922 (United Kingdom)



O fool! O false! I have abandoned Heaven,
And sold my wealth for metal of base kind.
O frail disciple of a fair creed given
For human hope when all the world was blind!
What was my profit? Freedom of the mind,
A little pleasure of the years, some scars
Of lusty youth, and some few thoughts enshrined
In worthier record of my manhood's years.
All else is loss, and unredeemed distress;
The voiceful seasons uninvited come,
And bring their tribute of new flowers, and pass:
Only the reason of the world is dumb;
Nor does God any more by word or sign
Speak to our rebel hearts of things divine.

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Submitted on May 13, 2011

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Closest metre Iambic pentameter
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Stanza Lengths 14

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