On Seeing an Aurora Borealis at Sea
Light, Astronomy, Reason, Feeling, Biblical Authority, Faith
The poet moralizes on seeing a meteor, asking: 'And hast though not seen, o'er the waste of the mind, / The meteor of Reason triumphantly glide? / Aspiring it mounts on the wings of the wind, / Its pathway Creation,—Presumption its guide.' Reason sheds but a 'cheerless and cold' ray; the heart is only moved to faith by the beam which emerges from 'the Fountain of Light'.
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