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Hope springs eternal

Happy Spring to all in the northern hemisphere! A few weeks ago I posted that hope is a thing with feathers. Well, today it seems that this quote from Alexander Pope is appropriate instead:

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Now, I humbly admit that I have never read the full poem that this comes from. I think it would take me more brain cells than I am willing to commit to ponder and postulate and research more about An Essay on Man. I could easily submit that it is likely sexist and perhaps racist as well given Pope’s time and place in the world. However, those three words will outlast the man or the poem in all likelihood: hope springs eternal

  • When so much was wrong in the world a year ago, hold onto hope springs eternal
  • When hurts and distance separate families, remember that hope springs eternal
  • When we see racial division and hate crimes, pray that hope springs eternal
  • When my fav teams finish their season and look to start again, say hope springs eternal
  • Whenever we look ahead, know that hope springs eternal

Enjoy spring! Find hope! Eternal peace to all who have moved on.

Hope humbly then; with trembling pinions soar;
Wait the great teacher Death; and God adore!
What future bliss, he gives not thee to know,
But gives that hope to be thy blessing now.
Hope springs eternal in the human breast:
Man never is, but always to be blest:
The soul, uneasy and confin’d from home,
Rests and expatiates in a life to come.

An Essay on Man: Epistle I
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4 thoughts on “Hope springs eternal

  1. Kristi Lonheim on said:

    The forever longing for the eternal life with God – when all things will be put right.


  2. I gave up the idea of ‘hope’ after reading “Things Fall Apart.” I wonder at times what to do with the feelings I have about being positive about events that will happen in the future. Your post is making me confront this dilemma. When you mentioned hope about families overcoming hurts, I felt this twinge of how things could be different. It is hard to not suckle from the flower of hope.

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    • I hear you! Things Fall Apart can be hopeless for sure. Hopeful should not be confused for naive and hopeless should not always be equated with dismal. It’s a pendulum that can swing based on many factors… including the first day of spring! Thanks for sharing your thoughts


  3. Hope. We need hope now more than ever it seems. When every way I look I see despair, confusion, anger, or hurt, We all really need that life line of hope. Sometimes it’s difficult for people to hold onto.


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