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Fruits of Solitude (Poem)

Thou, when thou prayest, enter into thine inner chamber, and having shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret.
—Matthew vi. 6, R.V.

When thou hast shut thy chamber door, dost thou
Yield thy whole self to simple solitude?
Dost thou resolve that nothing shall intrude,
Because thou would'st thy soul's requirements know?
If so, thou dost prepare a certain way,
In which thy soul can plainly speak to thee,
And show thine inner feelings; and set free
The burdened spirit, longing for the day.
By such, our spiritual growth expands;
Our boasted knowledge is by wisdom led;
We see more clearly what our life demands,
And learn in lowliness: our hopes are fed.
Thus, when thou art from worldliness unbound,
Thy Self, will on its way to peace, be found.

No one has ever done anything great or useful by listening to the voices from without.
—Florence Nightingale

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