From "Paracelsus"

(1921)

"From 'Paracelsus'" is the 30th song in Ives's song collection 114 Songs.

From "Paracelsus"
by Robert Browning


For God is glorified in man,
And to man's glory vowed I soul and limb.
Yet, constituted thus, and thus endowed, I failed.
I gazed on power till I grew blind...
What wonder if I saw no way to shun despair?
The power I sought seemed God's...
I learned my own deep error;
And what proportion love should hold
with power in man's right constitution;
Always preceding power,
And with much power, always, always much more love...


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