July 22, 2019. Time, but for a line

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