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One Life, One Law (Poem)

What do we know—what need we know
Of the great world to which we go?
We peer into the tomb, and hark:
Its walls are dim, its doors are dark.
Be still, O mourning heart, nor seek
To make the tongueless silence speak,
Be still, be strong, nor wish to find
Their way who leave the world behind—
Voices and forms forever gone
Into the darkness of the dawn.
What is their wisdom, clear and deep?—
That as men sow they surely reap—
That every thought, that every deed,
Is sown into the soul for seed,
They have no word we do not know—
Nor yet the cherubim aglow
With God: we know that virtue saves—
They know no more beyond the graves.

What is remote and difficult of success we are apt to overrate;
what is really best for us lies always within our reach, though often overlooked.
—Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
The wise have no doubts,
The virtuous no sorrows,
The brave no fears.
—Confucius

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Edwin Markham

  • Full name: Charles Edwin Anson Markham
  • Born on April 23rd, 1852 in Oregon City, Oregon and died on March 7th, 1940
  • American poet
  • Was Poet Laureate (officially appointed to compose poems for special events and occasions) of Oregon from 1923 to 1931.
  • Most famout poem is "The Man with the Hoe".

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