The Glories


Rudyard Kipling

IN FAITHS and Food and Books and Friends
    Give every soul her choice.
For such as follow divers ends
    In divers lights rejoice.

There is a glory of the Sun
    (’Pity it passeth soon!)
But those whose work is nearer done
    Look, rather, towards the Moon.

There is a glory of the Moon
    When the hot hours have run;
But such as have not touched their noon
    Give worship to the Sun.

There is a glory of the Stars,
    Perfect on stilly ways;
But such as follow present wars
    Pursue the Comet’s blaze.

There is a glory in all things;
    But each must find his own,
Sufficient for his reckonings,
    Which is to him alone.

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