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Reason (Poem)

Why asketh thou thus after my name, seeing it is a secret?
—Judges xiii. 18 (A. V.)

I ask of Thee, for I would humbly know,
Where I can find a hidden place with Thee.
I want to tell my doubtings, and to show
My weakness leans to frequent frailty.
But Thou hast said, "My name is secret."
Where can my aspiring spirit find it then?
If I'm Thy child, to me Thou shouldst appear,
Like to a father 'mong the sons of men.

But yet, I know, my spirit's eye can see
By reason's light, that Thou art everywhere.
No height too high; no place too dark for Thee,
For Thou e'er fillest all the earth, and air.
So, let "The Light of Reason," now held forth,
Guide many souls to feel a heavenly birth.

Reason is a faculty of the mind by which it distinguishes truth from falsehood, and good from evil, and which enables the possessor to deduce inferences from facts, or from propositions.
—Locke

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