I Have chosen an "adventurous" theme, - the philosophy of the
great passion, an analysis of the primary laws of marriage, and
an examination and comparison of antagonistic systems of social
"Things unattempted yet in prose or rhyme.
And chiefly thou, O Spirit, that dost prefer
Before all temples th' upright heart and pure,
Instruct me, for thou know'st: thou from the first
Wast present, and, with mighty wings outspread,
Dove-like sat'st brooding on the vast abyss,
And mad'st it pregnant. What in me is dark,
Illumine! what is low, raise and support!
That to the height of this great argument
I may assert eternal providence,
And justify the ways of God to men."