What riches have you that you deem me poor,
Or what large comfort that you call me sad?
Tell me what makes you so exceeding glad:
Is your earth happy or your heaven sure?
I hope for heaven, since the stars endure
And bring such tidings as our fathers had.
I know no deeper doubt to make me mad,
I need no brighter love to keep me pure.
To me the faiths of old are daily bread;
I bless their hope, I bless their will to save,
And my deep heart still meaneth what they said.
It makes me happy that the soul is brave,
And, being so much kinsman to the dead,
I walk contented to the peopled grave.
1.What does the opening line of the poem mean?
There are better things than becoming rich. The
pursuit of riches is based on a faulty premise. It is based on the incorrect
rationale that the presence of money is always good—that it always brings
benefit into our lives. This is not always the case.
2. Who is being addressed by the poet?
The poet addresses the poem to wealthy people who
consider wealth as an indispensable thing and use them to overrule poor people.
3. Why does the poet consider the faiths of
old his daily bread?
Faiths of old means important
constituent elements of the teachings of the old. The poet consider these
teachings as daily bread because these are real-life situations that pertains to biblical scripture which help gain a deeper understanding of the bible.
4. What makes the persona happy?
The old teachings from his elders make him happy
because he gained a better understanding on the things that can give people true happiness.
5. How do you view the persona’s circumstance?
He will die contented and happy.