Or else, they grasp at sweetmeats, and mock at their childishness thereby: they cling to
their straw of life, and mock at their still clinging to it.
God's love and mercy can overcome all things--our ignorance, and weakness, and all the burden of our past wickedness--all things but our wilful sin, sin that we cling to
, and will not give up.
How much longer she could cling to
the straining strands she could not guess.
For the night - tho' clear - shall frown - And the stars shall look not down, From their high thrones in the Heaven, With light like Hope to mortals given - But their red orbs, without beam, To thy weariness shall seem As a burning and a fever Which would cling to
thee for ever :
Not only do we know this ourselves, but Christ, the Son of God, came down to earth and told us that this life is but for a moment and is a probation; yet we cling to
it and think to find happiness in it.
There was none thus to cling to
Tarzan, who yearned so for the love of someone, of something.
I don't know why or how it is; but since I have known of her husband's death, my old tenderness for her seems to cling to
me more obstinately than ever.