The Faith of a Child

Evidently William Wordsworth recognized the receptivity of the child to the sweet influences of Spirit, since in a beautiful ode he clearly depicts that the child, until contaminated by the world of sense, loves all that is pure and unsullied. In the early dawn of life, to most of us the world perhaps seemed "apparell'd in celestial light," to use the poet's words. "Heaven," indeed, "lies about us in our infancy," as Wordsworth affirms, but not until the educated beliefs about man as separated from God, the parent Mind, find lodgment in his thought, do

"Shades of the prison-house begin to close
Upon the growing boy.
But he beholds the light, and whence it flows,
He sees it in his joy."

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