From "Paracelsus"


"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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