Others abide our question. Thou
We ask and ask - Thou smilest and art still,
Out-topping knowledge. For the loftiest
Who to the stars uncrowns his majesty,
Planting his steadfast footsteps in the
Making the heaven of heavens his
Spares but the cloudy border of his base
To the foiled searching of mortality;
And thou, who didst the stars and sunbeams
Self-schooled, self-scanned, self-honoured,
Didst tread on earth unguessed at - better so!
All pains the immortal spirit must endure,
All weakness which impairs, all griefs which bow,
Find their sole speech in that victorious brow.