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.
While you cling to
one sin and will not part with it, it must drag you down to misery after death, as it has dragged you to misery here in this world, my poor, poor Hetty.
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.
We humans are adrift, needing to cling to
things throughout our lives to counteract currents that would otherwise sweep us to oblivion.