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(1822-1888 / Middlesex / England)

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Immortality

Foil'd by our fellow-men, depress'd, outworn,
We leave the brutal world to take its way,
And, Patience! in another life, we say
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Comments about this poem (From the Hymn of Empedocles by Matthew Arnold )

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  • Macanthony Chijioke Nwatu (9/7/2013 5:28:00 PM)

    For sure! The energy of the human race is inexhaustible.

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  • Carlos Echeverria (9/7/2012 10:56:00 AM)

    Anything worth having
    Must be earned
    In heaven
    or on Earth.

  • Carlos Echeverria (9/7/2012 10:55:00 AM)

    Anything worth having
    Must be earned
    In heaven
    or on Earth.

  • Carlos Echeverria (9/7/2012 10:32:00 AM)

    Anything worth having, must be earned,
    In heaven or Earth.

  • * Sunprincess * (9/7/2012 10:21:00 AM)

    Wow what a one sided view of immortality! I am not in agreement with all battles won to advance on.
    I believe the peacemakers are the only ones to advance on into immortality and earn the keys to Heaven. :)

  • Udiah Witness to YAH (9/7/2012 5:56:00 AM)

    Arnold questions warfare and its accomplishments. One should question such, whether we are battling a legitimate enemy or not. But, to doubt a creator? Each individual is entitled to their belief. That's the reason for this test the Bible states. All the prophets up until Christ prophecized of His coming. Who was The Christ? God in flesh, showing us that He too would willingly subject Himself to the same test as we would be given. As He lived so shall we try ourselves to live, but we fall short everytime, thus repentence, to get back up and give it another go. The choice be to the individual as to whether to believe or not. In the end all non-believers will be able to parte' in the place of their choice, for a few seconds before they disappear forever, never to be remembered again, thus they want, so they get, final death (what a lovely ending) . We should all strive to live together, but one side loves to force their will upon all Christians, I think they should live in Siberia, it's a lovely place I hear. Aquarius dawns soon (blessings poured out) , fall, winter or spring, who cares? Length of time, who cares? Each individual passes on anyway and says OMG!

  • id Rather Notsay (1/4/2012 8:58:00 AM)

    Yup that's why Jesus (pbuh) was born on Earth...He was a prophet in order to warn the Children of Israel and to give them news of Heaven and Hell. He wasn't God. God sent him as a messenger. Jesus (pbuh) confirmed the messages of the prophets before him; he didn't change its consistency. God can not be man because God is too glorious for that. Think.

  • Ramesh T A (9/7/2010 2:56:00 AM)

    This world life is for those who face problems to solve for the better and not for the worn out souls; The capable persons of this world only can enjoy eternal life!

  • Bro Bytte (12/27/2009 9:38:00 PM)

    We cannot achieve heaven alone. There is no getting to heaven by the 'skin of our teeth.' Humans along are not good enough. That is why Jesus came to the earth. He was perfect and he died for us, to make up for our imperfections. If we try our hardest to be like him, even though we don't come close, he will take us the rest of the way to Heaven. I know that. It's not an opinion, it's a fact. If you want to know for yourself just pray to God. I promise you he will answer.

  • saltedpeanut blank (9/7/2009 11:45:00 PM)

    personally I think it reminds me of Norse mythology with only the brave souls in battle who have resolve to fight to the end for what they believe or their lively hood and die in battle. Of course I don't suppose I should give any one a history on the Valkyrie that take the souls of these men to Valhalla. I mean either that or the crusades fought in the medieval ages were both sides claimed they had a holy right to Jerusalem, and yes the crusaders we know now were mostly driven by money, but I don't think that would have been what Arnold learned of at any university of that time what with the subject of any corruption within the church such a touchy subject even hundreds of years later. I guess I'm trying to say Arnold died a while ago and I don't think he could be talking about the current war on terror, but rather the heroic Templar knights or maybe viking warriors. I mean that's just my thought on the subject take it how you want.

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