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Hail! The Six Million!

The Epoch —and—The Light of Reason Founded by James Allen, 1902Editor Mrs. James Allen Vol. XX. March 1918 No. 3 6,000,000 women get the vote. Great Reform at last on the Statue Book.—Daily News, February 7th, 1918 Votes for Women! What a term of reproach it used to be. What…
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Requirement (Poem)

What asks our Father of His children saveJustice and mercy and humility,A reasonable service of good deeds,Pure living, tenderness to human needs,Reverence, and trust, and prayer for light to seeThe Master’s footprints in our daily ways?No knotted scourge, nor sacrificial knife,But the calm beauty of an ordered lifeWhose every breathing…
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The Merciful Things that Stay (Poem)

The birds have built as usual on the edge of the firing line.—Snap Shots from the Front. WAS there ever a time when war was not?And what did we talk of then?And what did the papers find to print?And what will they print again?When the Eastern Front and the Western…
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Sincerity

Human society is held together by sincerity. A universal falseness would beget a universal mistrust, which would bring about a universal separation, if not destruction. Life is made sane, wholesome, and happy, by our deep-rooted belief in one another. If we did not trust men we could not transact business…
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Days of Judgment

It was New Year’s Eve. I sat by the fire in my billet and my mind turned, as it always does on New Year’s Eve, to Tennyson’s lines:— "Ring out, wild bells, to the wild sky,The flying cloud, the frosty light,The year is dying in the night,Ring out, wild bells,…
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Love in Death Triumphant (Poem)

The time of sorrow for the outpoured bloodOf many soldiers, who, in sacrificeOffer their lives for good in war’s o’erwhelming floodShall set up Love in triumph over vice. They die, to live where Time’s sad fleeting yearsNo more shall test their manhood’s glorious worth.Death robbed of all its tears by…
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Renewal

"And every winter change to spring." Throughout Nature the large is ever mirrored in the small, and the cycle of the seasons is a manifestation in miniature of the greater cycles—human life, race existence, and even the cosmos itself. Directly the winter solstice is passed our thoughts fly forward to…
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Springtime! (Poem)

Ends cold winter’s night:Nature's spring bells ringing:Hidden Life to LightFrom the earth is bringing.Birds pour forth their song,Mates their love-notes calling.Sunbeams bright and strongRadiant earth enthralling. Nature's sleep is o’er,She all sloth forsakingStirs in life once moreSunbeams tend her waking.Flowers their petals raiseIn the joy of living,Fragrant is their praiseIn…
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Messages From Many Minds

Man's estimate of himself depends on his conception of God. When he conceives of God as remote, wrathful and jealous, he feels he is an outcast in the scheme of creation—he is a slave to fear and weakness. When he realizes God as Universal Life, Love, Intelligence and Power manifesting…
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The Beautiful Simplicity

Those who have learned Life’s richest secrets cannot but grow more beautiful with the years, while those who live wantonly, selfishly and even carelessly, age in ugliness. For the abuse of the noble traits of human character involves their loss, and the chambers they occupied in the house of our…
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The Editors Letter Box

My dear Epoch Readers, So many really beautiful letters have come to me since I last wrote for the Letter Box, I am at a loss to know which to use this month. Each one is so precious to me, so sacred, so full of real joy for my heart…
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The End of a Perfect Day

From across the fields, borne by the chill December wind, comes the strain of "The end of a perfect day," played on a battered comet by an old soldier of many, many years' service. I stand at the cross tracks on a wind-swept plateau in Artois. The little unit to…
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Meditation

I wonder if it be necessary to remind Epoch readers that reverie is not meditation. Reverie, a kind of waking dream, is very far removed from meditation. Dreams have their place, and I do believe in dreams of beauty, dreams of happiness, dreams of service, and blessedness, and usefulness. I…
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Nature's Meaning (Poem)

O Nature, wonderful thou art.Thy works out-span the mind of man.Thou hast a never failing plan;While we must do the lesser part.Yet we with wonder look on thee—O teach us what we ought to be. Thy mighty mountains, spreading plains;Thy winding streams and rippling brooks,Thy craggy peaks and leafy nooks,With…
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Review

Life's Inspiration. By Lily L. Allen. L. N. Fowler & Co. Perhaps one cannot better describe this sweet little book by Mrs. James Allen, Editor of The Epoch, than by saying that it comes like a breath of Springtime, bringing messages of hope and restoration and reassurance. Through its pages the…
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Don't Forget

"Whatever you do don't forget the beautiful things of life,—the music and the songs of it, the beauty and the radiance of it, the joys and the comradeships and the love in it." There are hundreds of men and women today who are so busy making a living that they…
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An Old Man's Counsel (Poem)

What you are weary of life,Falter thus soon in the way,Dream that its suffering and strifeDarken the light of your day? Think you that Fate is unkind,Singles you out from the mass,Burdens you body and mind, Hampers your steps as you pass? Wrong? why of course you are wrong;Listen my…
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Give Me Your Hand!

I do not mean, be of my opinion; you need not, I do not expect or desire it, neither do I mean I will be of your opinion. I cannot; it does not depend on my choice, I can no more think than I can see or hear as I…
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Unity in the Spirit (Poem)

I know that in the Realm of TruthAll Life is One, complete:That you and I and all mankindAre One e’er yet we meet. I know that back of form and senseIs Substance, Primal Cause;And all of All that e’er can beIs Its, the Changeless Law's. I know that time and…
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