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(Masterpieces of American Literature)

“Yet Do I Marvel” opens with a declaration of faith in God’s ways, and this faith is sustained through the first twelve lines. God is “good, well-meaning, kind,” and he does not need to explain his creation or his actions to humankind; however, if God were to “stoop” to humankind’s level, he could explain why the mole must be blind; why humans, who are made in God’s image, are mortal; why Tantalus is perpetually baited and left unsatisfied; why Sisyphus must experience futility in his efforts to ascend. Nevertheless, to those in the mortal world, God’s ways are beyond explanation because the petty distractions in immediate surroundings leave the...

(The entire section is 221 words.)