Workman of God! oh, lose not heart,
But learn what God is like;
And in the darkest battle-field
Thous shalt know where to strike.
Here on earth we are as soldiers, fighting in a foreign land, that understand not the plan of the campaign, and have no need to understand it; seeing well what is at our hand to be done. Let us do it like soldiers, with submission, with courage, with a heroic joy. Behind us, behind each one of us, lie six thousand years of human effort, human conquest : before us is the boundless Time with its as yet uncreated and unconquered continents and El Dorados, which we - even we - have to conquer to create; and from the bosom of Eternity there shine for us celestial guiding stars.
- Thomas Carlyle ( 1795-1880 )