William Bliss Carman (1861-1929)|
Lord of the Far Horizons
Lord of the far horizons,
Give us the eyes to see
Over the verge of sundown
The beauty that is to be.
Give us the skill to fashion
The task of thy command,
Eager to follow the pattern
We may not understand.
Masters of ancient wisdom
And the lore lost long ago,
Inspire our foolish reason
With faith to seek and know.
When the skein of truth is tangled
And the lead of sense is blind,
Foster the fire to lighten
Our unillumined mind.
Lord of the lilac ranges
That lift on the flawless blue,
Grant us the heart of rapture
The earlier ages knew
The spirit glad and ungrudging,
And light as the mountain air,
To walk with the Sons of Morning
Through the glory of Earth the fair.
The above poem can be found in:
Carman, Bliss. Bliss Carman's Poems. Toronto: McClelland & Stewart, 1931.
Wallis, Charles L. A Treasury of Poems for Worship and Devotion. New York: Harper & Brothers, 1959.
The former reference is listed as being in the public domain by the Library and Archives Canada and can be found on their site www.collectionscanada.gc.ca.