The Head And The Heart: John Godfrey Saxe


The Head is stately, calm and wise,
And bears a princely part,
While down below in secret lies
The warm, impulsive heart.
The lordly Head that sits above,
The Heart that beats below,
Their several office plainly prove,
Their true relations show.
The Head erect, serene and cool,
Endowed with reason’s art,
Was set aloft to guide and rule
The throbbing, wayward Heart.
And from the Head as from the higher,
Comes all-directing thought,
And in the Heart’s transforming fire,
All noble deeds are wrought.
Yet each is best, when both unite
To make the man complete;
What were the Heat without the Light?
The Light without the Heat?

John Godfrey Saxe 1816-1887

The illustration is copyright: Lightspring via Shutterstock

About layanglicana

Author of books on Calcutta, Delhi and Dar es Salaam, I am now blogging as a lay person about the Church of England and the Anglican Communion. I am also blogging about the effects of World War One on the village of St Mary Bourne, Hampshire.
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