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Short poem

Arthur Hugh Clough (1819-1861)

"With Whom is no Variableness, Neither Shadow of Turning"

              1It fortifies my soul to know
              2That, though I perish, Truth is so:
              3That, howsoe'er I stray and range,
              4Whate'er I do, Thou dost not change.
              5I steadier step when I recall
              6That, if I slip, Thou dost not fall.


1] The title, taken from James 1: 17, was added in 1869.

Online text copyright © 2003, Ian Lancashire for the Department of English, University of Toronto.
Published by the Web Development Group, Information Technology Services, University of Toronto Libraries.

Original text: Arthur Hugh Clough, Poems, with a Memoir (Cambridge: Macmillan, 1862). PR 4455 A2 1862 ROBA TRIN. The standard recent edition of Clough's poetry is The Poems of Arthur Hugh Clough, edited by H. F. Lowry, A. L. P. Norrington and F. L. Mulhauser (Oxford, 1951).
First publication date: 1862
RPO poem editor: Margaret Frances (Sister St. Francis) Nims
RP edition: 3RP 3.196.
Recent editing: 4:2002/1/30

Composition date: 1850
Form: Short Couplets

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