Excelsior

Written by Julie

On November 3, 2020

Excelsior, excelsior:
Still higher, ever upward;
Excelsior, excelsior:
Still higher, ever upward.

I want to climb these mountains, Lord,
And see You face to face.
I want to press along this path,
Ever onward, by Your grace.
I don’t want to live life low,
Walking the easy paths of earth.
I want to go higher, to rise above,
And rest someday at Heaven’s hearth!

Excelsior, excelsior:
Still higher, ever upward;
Excelsior, excelsior:
Still higher, ever upward.

~Julie Hochstetler, Oct. 2020

/~/

This poem was inspired by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow’s poem of the same name, that I read in school. It speaks of a young man who climbs a mountain, though advised not to, and ends up reaching Heaven. (The poem says it way better. šŸ™‚) It stuck in my head and kept running through my brain that day, and eventually this poem was written. Also, I discovered (after I wrote this poem) that hearth doesn’t actually rhyme with earth (English, peoples; that’s all I say); however, we shall pretend it does! šŸ˜„

I’m pressing on the upward way,
New heights I’m gaining every day;
Still praying as I’m onward bound,
“Lord, plant my feet on higher ground.”

Lord, lift me up, and let me stand
By faith on heaven’s table-land;
A higher plane than I have found,
Lord, plant my feet on higher ground.

“Higher Ground” song, words by Johnson Oatman, Jr.
		
Julie

Julie

Hi, I'm Julie, a 17-year-old lover of books, music, and Jesus. I'm finishing up my junior year in high school (Abeka Academy) and have been blogging for two and a half years. I also co-publish a digital magazine called Priceless geared toward teen girls. My desire is to use my words to glorify my Saviour and to encourage you in your walk with God. I'd love to hear from you!

You May Also Like…

I Have Seen

I Have Seen

The heavens speak of God–do we listen, pay attention? The earth is full of God’s riches–do we seek and cherish them? The beauty of Jesus can be found in ordinary today–do we pause to see and admire?

Heart Surgery

Heart Surgery

I’ll lie on the operating table, and I’ll close my eyes in trust and rest as You heal my failing heart.

Truth Be Told

Truth Be Told

“I don’t know why it’s so hard to admit it / When being honest is the only way to fix it”

Subscribe
Notify of
guest

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

2 Comments
Inline Feedbacks
View all comments
Brenna
Brenna
1 year ago

What a challenge to keep growing in God!! šŸ˜€