Human Life: Its Value

Think, what I plead for: for a life! the gift
Of God alone, whom he, who saves’t, is likest.
How glorious to live! Even in one thought
The wisdom of past-times to fit together,
And from the luminous minds of many men
Catch a reflected truth; as, in one eye,
Light, from unnumbered worlds and furthest planets
Of the star-crowded universe, is gathered
Into one ray.—


[Kelsall, 1851]