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English Book Two for Class X


[This poem is written by Louis I. Newman (1893-1972). He was born in Providence Rhode Island (USA). He studied at Brown University and after his doctorate lectured at Columbia. He is the author of many books on religious subjects. This poem brings out his religious bent of mind.]



I sought to hear the voice of God,

And climbed the topmost steeple,

But God declared: "Go down again,

I dwell among the people."


Louis I. Newman


A. Notes:

Line 2: steeple: the tallest part of a religious building.


B. Exercise:

  1. Why did author climb the steeple?
  2. Why did God tell him to go down again?
  3. Say in your own words what you think is the message of this poem.