Sunday, January 10, 2016

Oh Say, What is Truth -

Oh say, what is truth? 
'Tis the fairest gem
That the riches of worlds can produce
and priceless the value
of truth will be when
the proud monarch's costliest diadem
is counted but dross and refuse.
Yes, say, what is truth? 
'Tis the brightest prize
To which mortals or Gods can aspire
Go search in the depths
where it glittering lies
Or ascend in pursuit to the loftiest skies:
'Tis an aim for the noblest desire.
The sceptre may fall from the despot's grasp
When with winds of stern justice he copes
But the pillar of truth
will endure to the last
and its firm rooted bullwarks outstand the rude blast
and the wreck of the fell tyrant's hopes.
Then say, what is truth? 
'Tis the last and the first
For the limits of time it steps o'er
Tho the heavens depart and
the earth's fountains burst
Truth, the sum of existence will weather the worst
Eternal, Unchanged, Evermore.
- John Jaques, 1827-1900

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