Ode: Intimations of Immortality from Recollections of Early Childhood
…Our birth is but a sleep and a forgetting:
The Soul that rises with us, our life’s Star,
Hath had elsewhere its setting,
And cometh from afar:
Not in entire forgetfulness,
And not in utter nakedness,
But trailing clouds of glory do we come
From God, who is our home:
Heaven lies about us in our infancy!…
Just as Eliza R. Snow’s hymn O, My Father [See my O post] describes a truth about where we are going, William Wordsworth in his famous Ode articulates his feeling of where we have come from, before being born on earth. Though found in the Bible (John 17:24, 1 Peter 1:20, Jeremiah 1:5) and in Sanskrit, (shout out to Yam!) this doctrine of the pre-existence of man is not widely taught. Yet is something many may feel and have come to believe on their own. It is another of those doctrines that rings true and makes sense.
There is a children’s song that says it best:
I lived in Heaven
I lived in heaven a long time ago, it is true;Lived there and loved there with people I know. So did you.Then Heav’nly Father presented a beautiful plan,All about earth and eternal salvation for man.Words and music: Janeen Jacobs Brady, b. 1934
As I ponder on this truth, my spirit yearns to be reunited with my Heavenly Father and Mother, and my earthly family as well, who have gone before me. We are truly spiritual beings having a mortal experience.