To Strive

There is something beautiful about these words. Such angst and sadness in this ambition.

Below is an excerpt of Tennyson’s “Ulysses.” I was honestly unaware of the full version of this until this evening. How uneducated I would ┬ábe without wikipedia.

Full version here

“…Come, my friends,
Tis not too late to seek a newer world.
Push off, and sitting well in order smite
The sounding furrows; for my purpose holds
To sail beyond the sunset, and the baths
Of all the western stars, until I die.
It may be that the gulfs will wash us down:
It may be that we shall touch the Happy Isles,
And see the great Achilles, whom we knew.
Tho’ much is taken, much abides; and tho’
We are not now that strength which in old days
Moved heaven and earth; that which we are, we are;
One equal temper of heroic hearts,
Made weak by time and fate, but strong in will
To strive, to seek, to find, and not to yield.”

 

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