Although This Life Is But a Wraith

God, though this life is but a wraith

Author: Louis Untermeyer
Published in 4 hymnals

Representative Text

1 Although this life is but a wraith,
although we know not what we use,
although we grope with little faith,
give me the heart to fight and lose.

2 Open my ears to music, let
me thrill with spring’s first flutes and drums —
but never let me dare forget
the bitter ballads of the slums.

3 Ever insurgent let me be,
make me more daring than devout;
from sleek contentment keep me free,
and fill me with a buoyant doubt.

4 From compromise and things half-done,
keep me, with stern and stubborn pride;
and when, at last, the fight is won,
O, keep me still unsatisfied.

Source: Singing the Living Tradition #85

Author: Louis Untermeyer

Louis Untermeyer; b. Oct. 1, 1885, New York, NY, d. Dec. 18, 1977, Newtown, CT. Husband of Jean Starr Untermeyer. American writer, poet, literary critic, and editor. Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: God, though this life is but a wraith
Title: Although This Life Is But a Wraith
Author: Louis Untermeyer
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain



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Singing the Living Tradition #85

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