Tracking out our true, original course

Broadway and Vesey (Let Me Read There, Love) ©MAIERMOUL
Broadway and Vesey (Let Me Read There, Love) ©MAIERMOUL

But often, in the world’s most crowded streets,
But often in the din of strife,
There rises an unspeakable desire
After the knowledge of our buried life;

A thirst to spend our fire and restless force
In tracking out our true, original course;
A longing to enquire
Into the mystery of this heart which beats
So wild, so deep in us – to know
Whence our lives come and whence they go.

– Matthew Arnold, The Buried Life