You who want proof, on what do you rely?

Are you convinced by evidence of sight,

Or touch, or hearing?  Is a thing more real

Because it has an image in your eye?

It may be just a trick of playful light

That can no more than fancy’s dream reveal.

Isaac by touch was duped, so therefore why

Place faith in that?  The sea-shell pure and white

Hums with the restless waves – does it conceal

Within itself the ocean’s majesty?

There is an inner sense by which men know

The truth of things ; by it is faith made strong.

Not blind is such belief, ignoring wrong,

But well aware that God would have it so.


Weekly Times     24.8.62