NOT to the swift, the race:
Not to the strong, the fight:
Not to the righteous, perfect grace :
Not to the wise, the light.
But often faltering feet
Come surest to the goal ;
And they who walk in darkness meet
The sunrise of the soul.
A thousand times by night
The Syrian hosts have died;
A thousand times the vanquished right
Hath risen, glorified.
The truth the wise men sought
Was spoken by a child;
The alabaster box was brought
In trembling hands defiled.
Not from my torch, the gleam,
But from the stars above:
Not from my heart, life’s crystal stream,
But from the depths of Love.
Henry van Dyke.