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Tennyson, Alfred Lord - In Memoriam A H H - Who loves not Knowledge?



Type of Spiritual Experience


The difference between wisdom and knowledge

A description of the experience

Alfred Lord Tennyson – from In Memoriam A.H.H.

Who loves not Knowledge?  Who shall rail
Against her beauty?  May she mix
With men and prosper!  Who shall fix
Her pillars?  Let her work prevail

But on her forehead sits a fire
She sets her forward countenance
And leaps into the future chance
Submitting all things to desire

Half grown as yet, a child, and vain -
She cannot fight the fear of death.
What is she, cut from love and faith
But some wild Pallas from the brain

Of Demons?  Fiery hot to burst
All barriers in her onward race
For power.  Let her know her place
She is the second, not the first.

A higher hand must make her mild
If all be not in vain; and guide
Her footsteps, moving side by side
With wisdom, like the younger child;

For she is earthly of the mind
But Wisdom heavenly of the soul

The source of the experience

Tennyson, Alfred Lord

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