IT IS NOT TOO LATE TO SEEK A NEWER WORLD
It little profits an idle king;
In the same spirit, what I see in great
Men of Truth of past, present and future is
An inconceivable striving for a higher type of humanity.
To me, that means a more beautiful,
More noble human being and human existence.
You see that throughout the enlightened (Buddhas), and
To me that is the core of their Teaching.
Come, my friends,
‘Tis not too late to seek a newer world.
Push off, and sitting well in order smite
The sounding furrows; for my purpose holds
To sail beyond the sunset, and the baths
Of all the western stars, until I die.
It may be that the gulfs will wash us down;
It may be we shall touch the Happy Isles,
And see the great Achilles, whom we knew.
Though much is taken, much abides; and though
We are not now that strength which in old days
Moved earth and heaven; that which we are, we are:
One equal temper of heroic hearts,
Made weak by time and fate, but strong in will
To strive, to seek, to find, and not to yield.