Sir Galahad "My Strength Is As The Strength Of Ten"
by Alfred, Lord Tennyson

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"My Strength Is As The Strength Of Ten"

(Magill's Quotations in Context)

Context: Sir Galahad, purest of the knights of King Arthur's court, reveals that, although he enjoys the triumphs of the combat field, his heart has not ties on earth, and his whole allegiance is to his religious faith: "My knees are bow'd in crypt and shrine;/ I never felt the kiss of love. . . ." Galahad is a religious mystic as much as a knight, one who is given not only heavenly visions and experiences, but miraculous strength as well. Because he has no desires of his own and lives in a perfect faith, thoroughly dependent on God, he is without fear.

My good blade carves the casques of men,
My tough lance thrusteth sure,
My strength is as the strength of ten,
Because my heart is pure.