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Matthew Arnold (1822–88).  The Poems of Matthew Arnold, 1840–1867.  1909.
 
New Poems, 1867
Pis-Aller
 
[First published 1867.]

‘MAN is blind because of sin;
‘Revelation makes him sure.
‘Without that, who looks within,
‘Looks in vain, for all’s obscure.’
 
Nay, look closer into man!        5
Tell me, can you find indeed
Nothing sure, no moral plan
Clear prescribed, without your creed?
 
‘No, I nothing can perceive;
‘Without that, all’s dark for men.        10
‘That, or nothing, I believe.’—
For God’s sake, believe it then!
 
 
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