Quotation by Matthew Arnold

Our fathers water'd with their tears
This sea of time whereon we sail,
Their voices were in all men's ears
Who pass'd within their puissant hail.
Still the same ocean round us raves,
But we stand mute, and watch the waves.
Matthew Arnold (1822–1888), British poet, critic. Stanzas from the Grande Chartreuse (l. 121–126). . .

Selected Poems and Prose [Matthew Arnold]. Allot, Miriam, ed. (1993) J.M. Dent.
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