Lord, Thou hast made this world below the shadow of a dream. An', taught by time, I tak' it so exceptin' always steam. From coupler-flange to spindle-guide I see thy Hand, O God Predestination in the stride o' yon connectin'-rod.
O how far remov'd, Predestination! is thy foot from such As see not the First Cause entire: and ye, O mortal men! be wary how ye judge: For we, who see the Maker, know not yet The number of the chosen; and esteem Such scantiness of knowledge our delight: For all our good is, in that primal good, Concentrate; and God's will and ours are one.dante alighieri