GREAT are the mythsI too delight in them;
Great are Adam and EveI too look back and accept them;
Great the risen and fallen nations, and their poets, women, sages, inventors, rulers,
Great is Liberty! great is Equality! I am their follower;
Helmsmen of nations, choose your craft! where you sail, I sail,
I weather it out with you, or sink with you.
Great is Youthequally great is Old Agegreat are the Day and Night;
Great is Wealthgreat is Povertygreat is Expressiongreat is Silence.
Youth, large, lusty, lovingYouth, full of grace, force, fascination!
Do you know that Old Age may come after you, with equal grace, force, fascination?
Day, full-blown and splendidDay of the immense sun, action, ambition, laughter,
The Night follows close, with millions of suns, and sleep, and restoring darkness.
Wealth, with the flush hand, fine clothes, hospitality;
But then the Souls wealth, which is candor, knowledge, pride, enfolding love;
(Who goes for men and women showing Poverty richer than wealth?)
Expression of speech! in what is written or said, forget not that Silence is also
That anguish as hot as the hottest, and contempt as cold as the coldest, may be without
Great is the Earth, and the way it became what it is;
Do you imagine it has stopt at this? the increase abandond?
Understand then that it goes as far onward from this, as this is from the times when it
covering waters and gases, before man had appeard.
Great is the quality of Truth in man;
The quality of truth in man supports itself through all changes,
It is inevitably in the manhe and it are in love, and never leave each other.
The truth in man is no dictum, it is vital as eyesight;
If there be any Soul, there is truthif there be man or woman there is truthif
be physical or moral, there is truth;
If there be equilibrium or volition, there is truthif there be things at all upon
earth, there is truth.
O truth of the earth! I am determind to press my way toward you;
Sound your voice! I scale mountains, or dive in the sea after you.
Great is Languageit is the mightiest of the sciences,
It is the fulness, color, form, diversity of the earth, and of men and women, and of all
qualities and processes;
It is greater than wealthit is greater than buildings, ships, religions, paintings,
Great is the English speechwhat speech is so great as the English?
Great is the English broodwhat brood has so vast a destiny as the English?
It is the mother of the brood that must rule the earth with the new rule;
The new rule shall rule as the Soul rules, and as the love, justice, equality in the Soul
Great is Lawgreat are the few old land-marks of the law,
They are the same in all times, and shall not be disturbd.
Great is Justice!
Justice is not settled by legislators and lawsit is in the Soul;
It cannot be varied by statutes, any more than love, pride, the attraction of gravity,
It is immutableit does not depend on majoritiesmajorities or what not, come at
before the same passionless and exact tribunal.
For justice are the grand natural lawyers, and perfect judgesis it in their Souls;
It is well assortedthey have not studied for nothingthe great includes the
They rule on the highest groundsthey oversee all eras, states, administrations.
The perfect judge fears nothinghe could go front to front before God;
Before the perfect judge all shall stand backlife and death shall stand
and hell shall stand back.
Great is Life, real and mystical, wherever and whoever;
Great is Deathsure as life holds all parts together, Death holds all parts together.
Has Life much purport?Ah, Death has the greatest purport.