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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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Life (Poem)

Life is a Prayer, if lived aright,And troubles viewed beneath God's LightAre beautiful and bright. Life is a Song, if filled with praise,And discords that beset our waysEnnoble all our days. Life, too, is Light, if only weThe lining of the cloud will seeAnd bright reflectors be. Though raindrops fall…
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Rest on a Mountain (Poem)

(Colle De La Faucille-Chamounix.) Here for a little space I lay me downIn silence and alone,Around me, huge peaks tower, each snowy crown'Mid dazzling sunlight shown,I, Nature's child, upon her bosom lean,Mother and Queen! Blue gentians, mountain roses, round me spreadTheir colour harmony,While first faint harbingers of sunset redDawn in…
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Indwelling Love (Poem)

O thou inhabitant of every soul,Have we not seen thy gracious emblems growl' the tender lap of Nature at her prime,And heard thy full-toned message through the wholeSong luted summer, when the rivers flowIn peace across the golden harvest time? But now, when mists hang chilling on the wold,And pale…
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True Happiness (Poem)

As there is sorrow not expressed in tears,And anguish dumb caused by elusive fears,So there is happiness, strong and sublimeWhich cannot find expression here in time.Too deep for words; Too tranquil for a smile;Rooted in being free from subtle guile—A spirit fair, it dwells in the unseen,The potent energy of…
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All In All (Poem)

O Love my King! O Power Divine! Teach me to give, nor count it mine That which I give, for all is Thine, Who reign supreme. O Love my King! to Thy broad creed I mould my life, and feel the need Of Thee, in heart and word and deed,…
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Song of Love (Poem)

There is a power that lightens life,A power that worketh wondrously,That turneth toil into a joy,That bringeth mirth to every heart,And gladness out of every deed;That winneth out of labour strength,Light-heartedness, and health, and rest,And giveth it the highest giftOf blessing to the sons of men;This is the mighty power…
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Acacia Inflorescence (Poem)

As I crossed the dellO'er my pathway fellA serene little blossom of white,And I glanced o’erheadWhere the branches spreadFrom a tree of unusual height. Then my eyes were dazed,And my heart amazed,So stupendous the gorgeous scene—A majestic dome,Where the ocean foamDrifted over the billows of green. O my lips were…
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Why Do I Fail? (Answered) (Poem)

When l would lift my soul to highest heavenThat state of bliss so rich, so full, so free;Where errors are forgotten and forgivenAnd love alone reigns thro’ eternity: When I would strain as doth the seed soil-fetteredTo pierce the earth and heaven’s sweet breeze inhale,Why is it vain?—I fall again…
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Heaven (Poem)

We dream of Heav'n, and lo beneath the skies,Close-covering in loveliness the way,We come and go adreaming day by day,The mystery of Heav’n serenely liesUnfolded at the curtain of our eyes, Through circling centuries. Indeed we mayDiscover many things for which we prayFlung all around. Ideals immortalizeIn those beloved features…
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Cooperation (Poem)

Am thy brother's limitation,Be he lame or be he blind;Whatsoe'er thy place or station,'Tis thy duty to be kind. Be it deafness, be it blindness—Each hath some deficiency;In thy turn accept the kindnessWhich thy brother offers thee. Let us trust in one another,Give and take of gentle deed—Each to each…
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Yashas

Lo, in the night, when all the world was sleeping,Yashas, the noble and aspiring youth,Pondering upon the world’s great sorrow, weeping,Searched for the holy pathway unto Truth." I search in vain," said he,” and will betake meUnto the Blessed One, and seek release;Healer of sorrow, he perchance will make mePartaker…
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Self-Reliance (Poem)

None but thyself can live thy life; none otherCan work for thee. Collect experience;Trust to thyself, nor lean not on thy brotherAll is in thee, and shall develop hence. Convince thyself thy life below is needed,Else were it not projected on this plane.Can God be cheated? Hath His plan succeeded?Doubt…
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'Tis In Ourselves (Poem)

Force not thy fate.Contented beThen to awaitThy Destiny.Know, thou art free,Not held by chance. And if so beThings hinder thee,Do thou createThe circumstanceThat shall advanceThy state for thee. Do not believeThat fear and care,Which fools receive,Thou too shalt share;For know, we grieve,And sorrow bearThrough ignorance.
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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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A Memory System (Poem)

Forget each kindness that you do As soon as you have done it; Forget the praise that falls to you The moment you have won it; Forget the slander that you hear Before you can repeat it; Forget each slight, each spite, each sneer, Whenever you may meet it. Remember…
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The New Life (Poem)

For long years has thy pleading voice been heardUnanswered; now some hidden hand which heldMe through the darkness has at last dispelled(On this rare morning, since Thy voice upstirredThe thrilling joy-note of the early bird)All fears of that dim night-time; and has knelledThe death of baser motive, and compelledMy spirit…
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Spiritual Mastery (Poem)

You will be what you will to be;Let failure find its false contentIn that poor word, "environment,"But spirit scorns it, and is free. It masters time, it conquers space,It cowes that boastful trickster, Chance,And bids the tyrant CircumstanceUncrown, and fill a servant’s place. The human Will, that force unseen,The offspring…
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O Thou Who Would’st Teach!

O thou who would’st teach men of Truth!Hast thou passed through the desert of doubt?Art thou purged by the fires of sorrow? hath ruthThe fiends of opinion cast outOf thy human heart? Is thy soul so fairThat no false thought can ever harbor there? O thou who would’st teach men…
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Unfettered Freedom (Poem)

Man is but God in part,—a spirit free,Boundless, unfettered, and of vast desireTo far outstep the swiftest who have trodThrough life's unbounded joy and misery,Mounting on wings of greatness, higher and higher,Till satisfied by nothing less than God! I wish that life should not be cheap but sacred. I wish…
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Restfulness (Poem)

Be not anxious! The sweet lily growsIn calm, untroubled grandeur of repose;Her glorious raiment is not won by toil.Her purity no touch of earth can soil. Be not anxious, nor consume thy lifeIn following after wealth, with pain and strife.Thine own shall come, but not with care and fret;Thou shalt…
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Long I Sought Thee

Long I sought thee, Spirit holy,Master Spirit, meek and lowly;Sought thee with a silent sorrow, brooding o’er the woes of men;Vainly sought thy yoke of meekness’Neath the weight of woe and weakness;Finding not, yet in my failing, seeking o’er and o’er again. In unrest and doubt and sadnessDwelt I, yet…
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Perfect Peace (Poem)

Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on Thee.—Isaiah xxvi. 3. How grand the thought to have a perfect peace,And feel the joy of quietness within;To know the voice of Love has now cried"Cease, ye stormy billows and ye waves of sin."O, blessed knowledge, that there…
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Against the Threats (Poem)

Against the threatsOf malice or of sorcery, or that powerWhich el-ring men call chance, this I hold firm,Virtue may be assailed, but never hurt;Surprised by unjust force, but not enthralled;Yea, even that which mischief meant most harm,Shall in the happy trial prove most glory;But evil on itself shall back recoil,And…
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Immortality (Poem)

He shall not die who seeks the Way of Truth;He shall not see corruption who doth walkWith stainless feet the Path of Purity;He shall not wander in dark worlds of woeWho finds the Gate of Good and enters there,For he shall taste of immortalityWhile feasting at the table of his…
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Separation (Poem)

The pangs of absence court defeat,Should they essay to flood my breast.And yet when heart to heart is press’d,Can our reunion be less sweet? Such comfort in the thought I fund,That though the yawning gulf of spaceBy distant leagues holds us apace.We yet are one in inmost mind. Could separation…
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The Better Way (Poem)

I saidIf I could see the light ahead,Could know the ships I sent to seaWere blown by Fortunes gale toward me,I could believe, in matters great or small,God watcheth over all. O, selfish heart!Canst thou not see the nobler part?—To bear with patience sure defeat,To upward climb with stubborn feet,In…
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Look for the Good (Poem)

Look for the good, 'tis never far away,But we the bad too anxious are to find;It blinds our eyes, we cannot see beyond,And there the good in all its beauty lies. Look for the good, and good will surely come,And grow in grace and sweetness day by day;It is innate…
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The White Robe

The White Robe of the Heart InvisibleIs stained with sin and sorrow, grief and pain,And all repentant pools and springs of prayerShall not avail to wash it white again. While in the path of ignorance I walk,The stains of error will not cease to cling;Defilements mark the crooked path of…
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Unselfishness (Poem)

Thrice happy he who, far from Pleasures train,Lives to inspire the wretched and distressed,Lives to do good, and seeks no other gain,No sweeter rest.This is the grand philosophy of Life:—Go yield thine all to soothe another's woe,And battle nobly in the World's fierce strife,While here below.
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A Morning Invocation (Poem)

The morning Sun mounts yonder hill,The morning breezes play:In day’s pure light the stars of nightFade silently away. The Power Divine that framed all livesUnfolding to the dawn,Invoke my soul to sing the praiseOf rosy-fingered morn. Above the soft day’s breathing quietRises the city's hum,And warblings fill the woodland glen,Which…
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The Light of Reason (Poem)

Suggested on reading The Light of Reason The light of reason, say, what can it be?—The light of God, the Father-Principle;The great First Cause, at whose commanding wordDay dawned and thickest darkness fled away.Oh darkness! sable darkness! What art thou?—The absence of a single golden ray.Wrap, wrap me not in…
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Mother's Love (Poem)

In many varied forms the gifts appear,Of love serenely precious and divine,All are most splendid, but to me more dearIs thy fair love for me, oh Mother mine. No lover can bear sacrifice like thee.No matter how intensely he may love,There is no holier form of victoryThan that which daily,…
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Sufficient Unto the Day (Poem)

We have not laid our hand's best action down,Nor have we sung the sweetest songs that riseWithin the heart: nor seen with wakened eyesThe thorns and laurels that shall be our crown. The future pathway none can see, nor roam;None fly from marge to marge, to touch the spotOf some…
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Thought's Freedom (Poem)

Though fettered to the earth enthralled by war,Enduring all the pain of hellish strife,My thoughts soar upwards into realms afar,And bring me into touch with sweeter life. Forgotten are the anguished ills of earth—The wasteful processes involved in time,The issues which affect my human birth,So marred by hateful avarice and…
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A Thought (Poem)

Sometimes in the dark,When stars in heaven their silent watches keep,While mother nature rocks the world to sleep,And all is strangely still;My soul awakes and vainly strives to seeThe why and wherefore of life’s mystery,And why what was, and is, and is to beShould Be. Sometimes in the morn,When from…
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Knowledge (Poem)

We find the Good by being good, the TrueBy being true, the Real by dissolvingOur fond illusions, thereby piercing throughShadow, and knowing substance. By resolving,We can attain; and by attaining, know;And, knowing, who shall cause us grief or harm?What trembling victim of the world's vain showShall pierce the armored heart,…
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The Search (Poem)

Lonely, he wandered all the wide world over,—Seeking, he knew not what, yet still must find"Give me," he cried, "but that I may discoverTruth, tho' it slay me; light, tho' it may blind!" Into the great world's church he wandered lonely,But creeds were husks, with all the kernel gone,To lean…
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The Proof (Poem)

Each separate life is but part of the life-universal,We catch just a glimpse—nothing more—of the God Whom we seek,In the dutiful deed, in the word kindly spoken, in motivesReminding us all of the life Whose example we love.Look less to the sky than the soul of thy brother and sisterFor…
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Practice and Perception

Questioning Life and Destiny and Truth,I sought the dark and labyrinthine Sphinx,Who spake to me this strange and wondrous thing:"Concealment only lies in blinded eyes,And God alone can see the Form of God." I sought to solve this hidden mysteryVainly by paths of blindness and of pain,But when I found…
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Active Service Thoughts (Poem)

Memories! Nor in the noisy world so harsh and rudeWith all its vanity and paltry show:But in the place of quiet solitude,The deepest joy of life I really know.Alone I sit and muse of things unseen—Of Truth and Love, of Purity and Peace;While to my soul there comes a rest…
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Brother Men (Poem)

King and beggar, both my brother men,Both equal, both alike, a little spaceTo meet the odds, to rise or fall, and then—The final fight, the finish of the race. For man is still a man though he may comeWith weary step, and eyes that plead for bread,And man is only…
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The Wayside Flower (Poem)

There grows a little flower by the way,And sheds its sweetness on the passer-by;And many a tired traveller stays to restWhere it is nigh. It grows beside the dusty road of life,And lifts a trustful face to God above—Thrice strong the soul that breathes the sweetness ofThe flower of Love!…
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Are You Searching?

Are you searching for the happiness that does not fade away?Are you looking for the joy that lives, and leaves no grievous day?Are you panting for the water brooks of Love, and Life, and Peace?Then let all dark desires depart, and selfish seeking cease.Are you ling’ring in the paths of…
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Choice (Poem)

The will to evil and the will to GoodAre both within thee; which wilt thou employ?Thou knowest what is right and what is wrong;Which wilt thou love and foster? which destroy? Thou art the chooser of thy thoughts and deeds;Thou art the maker of thine inward state;The power is thine…
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Patience

Why this fierce struggle to achieve thine ends?This selfish argument? This fire which lendsHeat to resentment, ashes to remorse?Canst thou bend Truth and Nature to thy will?Bend thou, and work and wait; be strong and still;Soft growth is stronger than vehement force. Be as a flower, content to be, to…
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A Thought (Poem)

Him that overcometh will make a pillar in the temple of my God; and he shall go no more out.—Revelation iii. 12. Beyond the pen of mortal menThe mystic Temple stands,In vision clear its walls appear—A House not made with hands.Each pillar there the spirit fairOf those who upward trod,Who…
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Aspiration (Poem)

Bring us to higher Consciousness;Bring us to Thee!Though dim the light we now confess,Most High! most Loving! Ultimate of Good!Our hands are fettered—yet we would be free;Our want is deeper for the living food. Bring us to Knowledge more profound,Immanent here!O, Lover, circling us around,Spirit that seemeth far away, we…
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Together (Poem)

I said "Life holds at least one perfect joy,A melody earth’s discords cannot quell,A rainbow light athwart the darkest cloud—We are together, therefore all is well." Then suddenly the music broke and ceased,The rainbow faded, joy as swiftly fled,For we were parted; "Can it be," I cried,"That I am living…
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The Better Way (Poem)

My heart spake unto me and said,—"Resent the cruel shafts hatred hath hurled against thee.Fling back again with withering scornThe scathing taunt, the shameful words sent forth to wound and tear thy heart;Stand firm upon thy inward sense of justice, and do thou scorn the scorner;Meet bitterness with bitterness, clash…
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