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Poems Every Child Should Know by  Mary E. Burt

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HEAVEN IS NOT REACHED AT A SINGLE BOUND

(A FRAGMENT.)

[117] "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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