at Dad's Memorial Service
What is in itself mortal, through history
attains immortality; what is absent becomes
present, what is ancient becomes new.
A young man quickly matches the full
development of the old; and if an old man
of seventy is considered wise because of his
experience of life, how much wiser is he
who covers a span of a thousand or three
thousand years. For each man seems to
have lived for as many thousands of years
as the span of history he has studied.
He who binds to himself a joy
Doth the winged life destroy;
But he who kisses the joy as it flies
Lives in eternity's sunrise.
I have seen, have heard, have lived;
In the depth of the known have felt
The truth that exceeds all knowledge
Which fills my heart with wonder and I sing.
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