Ultima Veritas

Washington Gladden 1836 ( Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, ) – 1918 ( Columbus, Ohio, )



In the bitter waves of woe,    
    Beaten and tossed about
    By the sullen winds that blow
    From the desolate shores of doubt,--

    When the anchors that faith had cast
    Are dragging in the gale,
    I am quietly holding fast
    To the things that cannot fail:

    I know that right is right;
    That it is not good to lie;
    That love is better than spite,
    And a neighbor than a spy;

    I know that passion needs
    The leash of a sober mind;
    I know that generous deeds
    Some sure reward will find;

    That the rulers must obey;
    That the givers shall increase;
    That Duty lights the way
    For the beautiful feet of Peace;--

    In the darkest night of the year,
    When the stars have all gone out,
    That courage is better than fear,
    That faith is truer than doubt;

    And fierce though the fiends may fight,
    And long though the angels hide,
    I know that Truth and Eight
    Have the universe on their side;

    And that somewhere, beyond the stars,
    Is a Love that is better than fate;
    When the night unlocks her bars
    I shall see Him, and I will wait.
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Submitted by naama on July 15, 2020

Modified on April 18, 2023

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Quick analysis:

Scheme ABAB CDCD EFEF GHGH IJIJ KBKB ELML NMNM
Closest metre Iambic tetrameter
Characters 1,086
Words 193
Stanzas 8
Stanza Lengths 4, 4, 4, 4, 4, 4, 4, 4

Washington Gladden

Washington Gladden (February 11, 1836 – July 2, 1918) was a leading American Congregational pastor and early leader in the Social Gospel movement. He was a leading member of the Progressive Movement, serving for two years as a member of the Columbus, Ohio city council and campaigning against Boss Tweed as religious editor of the New York Independent. Gladden was probably the first leading U. S. religious figure to support unionization of the workforce; he also opposed racial segregation. He was a prolific writer who wrote hundreds of poems, hymns, articles, editorials, and books.  more…

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