GREATLY begin! though thou have time
But for a line, be that sublime—
Not Failure, but low aim, is crime! . .
We are not poorer that we wept and yearned;
Though earth swing wide from GOD’S intent,
And though no man nor nation
Will move with full consent
In heavenly gravitation,—
Yet by one Sun is every orbit bent!
-Lowell in The Cloud of Witnesses by Hon. Mrs. Lyttelton Gell part of the reading for July 20 p. 310