No Need of Things

Why cling to things? When everywhere a vast
Supply of noble thoughts, a wealth untold,
Awaits our instant use. Great truths unfold
Their purity to those who pray and fast.
Why cling to things? When into thought is cast
The priceless pearl of healing Love, we hold
As naught the waves of sin that fain would mold
Imperfect forms at which we stand aghast.

More love is our deep need. Why hold to things,
Mere misty shadows of a vision dim?
Full well He knows we need a heart that sings
Of praise and joy to join with seraphim:
No need of lifeless things—but spreading wings
That we may soar aloft, exalting Him.

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