e shall overcome
When Jesus said the meek
will inherit the earth, did he mean
they’ll overcome, like flowers,
the furious winds and freezing snows?
Was he only giving hope or did he know?
On Seeing a Tuft of Snowdrops in a Storm
— by William Wordsworth
When haughty expectations prostrate lie,
And grandeur crouches like a guilty thing,
Oft shall the lowly weak, till Nature bring
Mature release, in fair society
Survive, and Fortune’s utmost anger try;
Like these frail snowdrops that together cling,
And nod their helmets, smitten by the wing
Of many a furious whirl-blast sweeping by.
Observe the faithful flowers! if small to great
May lead the thoughts, thus struggling used to stand
The Emathian phalanx, nobly obstinate;
And so the bright immortal Theban band,
Whom onset, fiercely urged at Jove’s command,
Might overwhelm, but could not separate!