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Pure Thoughts (Poem)

Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest...just...pure...lovely...of good report;
if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.
—Philippians 4:8

What is't that makes us start and look around ?
What thought of evil is there in the world
That comes upon us? Some unquieted sound
Of sorrow, strife, or bitter taunt is hurled.

Then untold sadness takes on us strong hold,
And will not leave us, tho' we bid it go:
We think that all is ugly, dark, and cold,
That evil wins and good is empty show!

Of old there was a holy man who saw
The light, and knew the wondrous power of thought;
He saw that it was ruled by binding laws,
And could unto the will be subject brought.

So to his friends he wrote a saying true;
He bade them leave the evil for the good,
E'en in their thoughts, and thus again renew
The innocence in which they once had stood.

Thus may we learn from him to think on truth,
And whatsoever things are pure and just,
And leave the wrongs, so hideous and uncouth,
For right and duty, honesty and trust.

We must rejoice in things of good report,
For in such things there is a happy praise;
Our hopefulness in life must not be fraught
With darkness sad o'erclouding our best days.

Sensuality, arrogance, or false pride, and selfishness or hatred, are the basic causes of all men's misfortunes,
while temperance, justice, and love are the virtues or principles that lead upward.
—Arthur F. Milton
The longer we live the more we realize the folly and vulgarity of ill-temper, the cruelty of severe criticism,
and the necessity for a broad-minded view of life, manners, morals, and customs.
Ella Wheeler Wilcox
Man, seek no longer the origin of evil; thou thyself art its origin.
—Rousseau

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