24. Zeal and Love

AND would'st thou reach, rash scholar mine,
     Love's high unruffled state?
Awake! thy easy dreams resign,
     First learn thee how to hate:—

Hatred of sin, and Zeal, and Fear,
     Lead up the Holy Hill;
Track them, till Charity appear
     A self-denial still.

Dim is the philosophic flame.
     By thoughts severe unfed:
Book-lore ne'er served, when trial came,
     Nor gifts, when faith was dead.

November 20, 1832.

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