O thou that after toil and storm Mayst seem to have reach'd a purer air, Whose faith has centre everywhere, Nor cares to fix itself to form,
Leave thou thy sister when she prays, Her early Heaven, her happy views; Nor thou with shadow'd hint confuse A life that leads melodious days.
Her faith thro' form is pure as thine, Her hands are quicker unto good: Oh, sacred be the flesh and blood To which she links a truth divine!
See thou, that countess reason ripe In holding by the law within, Thou fail not in a world of sin, And ev'n for want of such a type.
-Alfred Lord Tennyson, In Memoriam A. H. H., Canto XXXIII