OH why is heaven built so far,
Oh why is earth set so remote?
I cannot reach the nearest star
That hangs afloat.
I would not care to reach the moon,
One round monotonous of change ;
Yet even she repeats her tune
Beyond my range.
I never watch the scattered fire
Of stars, or sun's far-trailing train,
But all my heart is one desire,
And all in vain :
For I am bound with fleshly bands,
Joy, beauty, lie beyond my scope ;
I strain my heart, I stretch my hands,
And catch at hope.