Plea to Science

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by Ella Wheeler Wilcox

   O Science, reaching backward through the distance,
      Most earnest child of God,
   Exposing all the secrets of existence,
      With thy divining rod,
   I bid thee speed up to the heights supernal,
      Clear thinker, ne’er sufficed;
   Go seek and bind the laws and truths eternal,
      But leave me Christ.

   Upon the vanity of pious sages
      Let in the light of day;
   Break down the superstitions of all ages—
      Thrust bigotry away;
   Stride on, and bid all stubborn foes defiance,
      Let Truth and Reason reign:
   But I beseech thee, O Immortal Science,
      Let Christ remain.

   What canst thou give to help me bear my crosses,
      In place of Him, my Lord?
   And what to recompense for all my losses,
      And bring me sweet reward?
   Thou couldst not with thy clear, cold eyes of reason,
      Thou couldst not comfort me
   Like One who passed through that tear-blotted season
      In sad Gethsemane!

   Through all the weary, wearing hour of sorrow,
      What word that thou hast said
   Would make me strong to wait for some to-morrow
      When I should find my dead?
   When I am weak, and desolate, and lonely—
      And prone to follow wrong?
   Not thou, O Science—Christ, my Saviour, only
      Can make me strong.

   Thou art so cold, so lofty, and so distant,
      Though great my need might be,
   No prayer, however constant and persistent,
      Could bring thee down to me.
   Christ stands so near, to help me through each hour,
      To guide me day by day
   O Science, sweeping all before thy power—
      Leave Christ, I pray!

by Ella Wheeler Wilcox

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