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Tomorrow and Today (Poem)

In the dark land of Tomorrow
I dwelt with pain and sorrow,
And I sighed for joys and blessings that escaped me as I ran;
And the darkness gathered round me,
For the morrow ever found me
Living in "what I ought to do," and not in what I can.

And I sought for loving-kindness
In the dim, dark haunts of blindness;
In the lightless caves of self I searched for blessedness and rest;
And I reached out hands appealing,
Sadly groped for light and healing,
Striving for "what I want to have," not what is true and best.

Then I found that selfish hoping,
Darkly seeking, blindly groping
In vain wishing and regretting chased life's glory from my brow;
So I ceased from foolish fretting,
Turned to Love, and, selllforgetting,
Left "what I hope to get and keep," for what I will be now.

So I fled from self and sorrow,
Left the dark land of Tomorrow,
And thought of what kind deeds to do, what loving words to say;
And the light of peace and gladness
Chased away the clouds of sadness,
For I lost the past and future in the bright world of Today.

This poem is selected from the book Poems of Peace.

What had I done, I demanded indignantly of myself, to deserve this wretchedness which no wealth could cure? Why was fate so unjust? Like all my kind, I was unable to discern the small yet strong links of the chain I had myself wrought, and which bound me to my own undoing. I blamed fate, or rather God, and talked of injustice, merely because I personally suffered, never realizing that what I considered unjust was but the equitable measuring forth of that Eternal Law which is carried out with as mathematical an exactitude as the movement of the planets, notwithstanding man's pigmy efforts to impede its fulfillment.
—Marie Corelli

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James Allen

James Allen was a little-known philosophical writer and poet. He is best recognized for his book, As a Man Thinketh. Allen wrote about complex subjects such as faith, destiny, love, patience, and religion but had the unique ability of explaining these subjects clearly and in a way that is easy to understand. He often wrote about cause and effect, sowing and reaping, as well as overcoming sadness, sorrow, and grief. For more information on the life of James Allen, click here.

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