A Key to Lord Tennyson's 'In Memoriam' - Alfred Gatty
It is a religion book. It may be stated, on the highest authority, that the special passage alluded to in the opening stanza, cannot be identified, but it is Goethe’s creed. St. Augustine wrote, that we can rise higher on the ladder of life, by trampling down our vices. His words, in a Sermon on the Ascension, are, De vitiis nostris scalam nobis facimus, si vitia ipsa calcamus.