28 October 2009

Human Frailty [partial]

Weak and irresolute is man;
The purpose of to-day,
Some foe to his upright intent
Finds out his weaker part;
Virtue engages his assent,
But Pleasure wins his heart.
A stranger to superior strength,
Man vainly trusts his own.

But oars alone can ne’er prevail
To reach the distant coast;
The Breath of Heaven must swell the sail,
Or all the toil is lost.

  • William Cowper