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"More Things Are Wrought By Prayer Than This World Dreams Of"

(Magill's Quotations in Context)

Context: Tennyson later incorporated this poem into "The Passing of Arthur" in the Idylls of the King. As in his other poems on classical and medieval themes, Tennyson invests "Morte D'Arthur" with modern philosophy and Christian morality. Lying in the barge which is about to carry him away to death, Arthur gives Bedivere a sermon on prayer as he contemplates his own fate:

". . . but thou,
If thou shouldst never see my face again,
Pray for my soul. More things are wrought by prayer
Than this world dreams of. Wherefore, let thy voice
Rise like a fountain for me night and day.
For what are men better than sheep or goats
That nourish a blind life within the brain,
If, knowing God, they lift not hands of prayer
Both for themselves and those who call them friend?
For so the whole round earth is every way
Bound by gold chains about the feet of God. . . ."