Home  »  Lyra Sacra: A Book of Religious Verse  »  Self-Ignorance

Henry Charles Beeching, ed. (1859–1919). Lyra Sacra: A Book of Religious Verse. 1903.

By Sir John Davies (1569–1626)


WE seek to know the moving of each sphere,
  And the strange cause of th’ ebbs and floods of Nile;
But of that clock within our breasts we bear,
  The subtle motions we forget the while.
We that acquaint ourselves with every zone        5
  And pass both tropics, and behold the poles,
When we come home are to ourselves unknown,
  And unacquainted still with our own souls.