These things shall be! a loftier race

These things shall be! a loftier race. John Addington Symonds* (1840-1893). First published in Symonds’s New and Old (1880), with the title ‘A Vista’. It was a poem of 15 stanzas, with three stanzas preceding ‘These things shall be’: Sad heart, what will the future bring To happier men when we are gone? What golden days shall dawn for them Transcending all we gaze upon? Will our long strife be laid to rest? The warfare of our blind desires Be merged in a perpetual peace, And love illume but harmless fires? Shall faith released from forms that chain And freeze the spirit while we pray, Expect with calm and ardent eyes The morning of death’s brighter...

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