Gateway to the Classics: Poems Every Child Should Know by Mary E. Burt
 
Poems Every Child Should Know by  Mary E. Burt

Heaven Is Not Reached at a Single Bound

(A Fragment.)

"We build the ladder by which we climb" is a line worthy of any poet. J. G. Holland (1819-81) has immortalised himself in this line, at least.

Heaven is not reached at a single bound,

But we build the ladder by which we rise

From the lowly earth to the vaulted skies,

And we mount to its summit round by round.


I count this thing to be grandly true:

That a noble deed is a step toward God,—

Lifting the soul from the common clod

To a purer air and a broader view.


J. G. Holland.


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