A Needful Part

William-WordsworthWho remembers the famous Church film Man’s Search for Happiness?  Remember the keynote quotation?  How thrilling it was to hear the core teaching of the restored gospel affirmed by one of history’s greatest poets.

Our birth is but a sleep and a forgetting:
The Soul that rises with us, our life’s Star,
Hath had elsewhere its setting.
And cometh from afar;
Not in entire forgetfulness,
And not in utter nakedness,
But trailing clouds of glory do we come
From God, who is our home.

With the passing of years, a different perspective makes meaningful a different quotation from the same master of language.

Be lifted by the words of William Wordsworth  (from his poem The Prelude).

How strange that all
The terrors, pains, and early miseries,

Regrets, vexations, lassitudes interfused
Within my mind, should e’er have borne a part,
And that a needful part, in making up
The calm existence that is mine when I
Am worthy of myself!

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