To The Duke Of Wellington by Matthew Arnold


Because thou hast believed, the wheels of life
Stand never idle, but go always round;
Not by their hands, who vex the patient ground,
Moved only; but by genius, in the strife

Of all its chafing torrents after thaw,
Urged; and to feed whose movement, spinning sand,
The feeble sons of pleasure set their hand;
And, in this vision of the general law,

Hast labour’d, but with purpose; hast become
Laborious, persevering, serious, firm–
For this, thy track, across the fretful foam

Of vehement actions without scope or term,
Call’d history, keeps a splendour; due to wit,
Which saw one clue to life, and follow’d it.

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