Verse > John Greenleaf Whittier > The Poetical Works in Four Volumes
John Greenleaf Whittier (1807–1892).  The Poetical Works in Four Volumes.  1892.
Religious Poems
THE SAME old baffling questions! O my friend,
I cannot answer them. In vain I send
My soul into the dark, where never burn
  The lamps of science, nor the natural light
Of Reason’s sun and stars! I cannot learn        5
Their great and solemn meanings, nor discern
The awful secrets of the eyes which turn
  Evermore on us through the day and night
  With silent challenge and a dumb demand,
Proffering the riddles of the dread unknown,        10
Like the calm Sphinxes, with their eyes of stone,
  Questioning the centuries from their veils of sand!
I have no answer for myself or thee,
Save that I learned beside my mother’s knee;
“All is of God that is, and is to be;        15
  And God is good.” Let this suffice us still,
  Resting in childlike trust upon His will
Who moves to His great ends unthwarted by the ill.

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