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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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The Key of Victory (Poem)

I therefore appoint January 6th, 1918, to be set aside as a special day of prayer and thanksgiving...throughout my dominions.—George R. I. Thro’ future years this Royal Mandate willUttered by Britain’s King all nations thrill,For Faith in God has urged him to declareThat Britain must gain victory thro' prayer.More thrilling…
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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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Look for the Good (Poem)

In every man there lives a spark of goodnessHowever lost he seem to human sight;It is our duty then to find and tend it,Breathing upon it purity and light.It may not burn at once with radiant glory,Yet it is worth the while to make it glow,Raising the soul with momentary…
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Survival (Poem)

Nothing shall be wasted; everything that's trueLiveth on forever, mighty deeds to do;Though the form may vanish, in a little space,Something fairer, fresher, cometh in its place. Autumn leaves must wither that the merry spring,Strong, and bright, and youthful, her new leaves may bring;This year's hope to many younger hopes…
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The Only Way (Poem)

Believe not that without thee lies salvation;It is within thee every good abides,And 'tis within thee also there residesThe tendency to fall—we term temptation. If thou art human, yet thou art divine:Though time and space may limit brain and limb—Still dost thou live and move alone in Him—And if so…
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Transition (Poem)

I stand and pause betwixt two lives of mine.The one now closed how sadly incomplete,Filled out with customs dull, habits effete,Vague, careless deeds, all lacking discipline.The tendrils of this life I will untwineWith ruthless hand, and tread them under I feet,Resolved the pain such action brings to meetWith patience, and…
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Love’s Conquest

I stood upon the shore, and saw the rocksResist the onslaught of the mighty sea,And when I thought how all the countless shocksThey had withstood through an eternity,I said, “To wear away this solid mainThe ceaseless efforts of the waves are vain." But when I thought how they the rocks…
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A Repentant Pagan's Lament (Poem)

I learnt in childhood’s days to look to Thee,O God to look to Thee as all supreme,A just God and the true, but verilyA harsh, stern being (not the poet’s dream)They taught me so, and so my childhood's mind,(That loved the world’s full store of Nature’s joy)Was filled with fear…
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The Righteous Man

No harmful shaft can reach the righteous man,Standing erect amid the storms of hate,Defying hurt and injury and ban,Surrounded by the trembling slaves of Fate. Majestic in the strength of silent power,Serene he stands, nor changes not nor turns;Patient and firm in suffering’s darkest hour,Time bends to him, and death…
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Life’s Mirror (Poem)

There are loyal hearts, there are spirits brave,There are souls that are pure and true,Then give to the world the best you have,And the best shall come back to you.Give love and to your heart will flow,A strength in your utmost need;Have faith and a score of hearts will showTheir…
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Love (Poem)

From The Opening of The GatesBy Permission O Spirit, thou alone who art,In whom alone our life doth live,Thou dwellest in the simple heart,And joyest all thy joys to give. And duty ever great and true,Cometh from thee divinely fair,And everything in love we doWoundeth the spirit of despair. For…
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One Day (Poem)

Lord, long ago I brought to Thee my years,Each new-born year, and whilst I held it fast,Sense of possession somewhat marred my fears,Prayed I might treat it better than the last.But oh! so soon it copied those of yoreThat in my keen distress I wished it gone,That I might turn…
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To my Beloved (Poem)

Lay low thy head, Beloved, on my breast,To hear the beat of love gives joy to me,We need no speech, our thoughts wing words.We know, and understand, and see. Visions beyond the range of mortal eyeThe inner sight beholds, and wonders and adores!The heavens are opened, and our hearts rejoiceThat…
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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 worldThat comes upon us? Some unquieted…
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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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God's Kin (Poem)

There is no summit you may not attain,No purpose that you may not yet achieve,If you will wait serenely, and believeEach seeming loss is but a step to'rd gain. Between the mountain tops lie vale and plain;Let nothing make you question, doubt or grieve;Give only good, and good alone receive;And…
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Duty (Poem)

"Do! do! What shall I do?"Is that still your cry?"Know! know! What would I know?"Is that still your sigh? Leave thyself and all thy doing,Cease from thought and all thy knowing,Yield thee to the soul that movethO’er the earth, the soul of beauty,When her voice of Love reproveth,Know it pointeth…
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The Age of Good (Poem)

Mankind has waited long;Still saved by hope it waits,Calming its eagerness with songWhile quelling fears and hates. No more the soul is boundBy man's dim-sighted creeds;Love makes all earth a holy groundAnd fills all human needs. Wars still may scourge the lands,And Greed with Greed may fight,But Free Religion nobly…
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Wisdom, Knowledge, and Truth (Poem)

Why seekest thou under the orient skies,From the Sage's mysterious lore,The wisdom long hidden from time-serving men,The truth God awaits to restore,While right at thy hand is the temple of Truth,That structure so grand and complete,While knowledge the world is far-seeking todayLies all unperceived at thy feet? Why seekest thou…
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Buddha (Poem)

Under Mount Ratnagira's western shade,Weary and worn with his long search for Truth,Sorrowing, unsatistied, disconsolate,Sat Buddha, knowing not where he should turnTo find the Truth that he had so long sought—The Truth that maketh steadfast, strong, and pure,The Truth that bringeth peace and blessed restThe schools had failed him; the…
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Wings of a Dove (Poem)

At sunset, when the rosy light was dyingFar down the pathway of the west,I saw a lonely dove in silence flyingTo be at rest. "Pilgrim of air," I cried, "could I but borrowThy wandering wings, thy freedom blest,I'd fly away from every careful sorrow,And find my rest." But when the…
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Freedom (Poem)

He knows the joys of Seraphim,Who strives mankind to bless;None can a prison make for himWho worketh righteousness.A gloomy prison cell may beAglow with light divine; The light of love and purityDoth light of day outshine.If man but have a conscience pure,And a contented mind,A soul which naught from right…
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Art Thou In Sorrow?

Art thou in sorrow? Art thou in despair,Involved in doubt and deep perplexity?Leave thou thyself, and with thy fellows shareThe good thou hast, and thou wilt blessed be. Let Love’s bright sunshine play upon your heart;Come now unto your gladness, peace, and rest;Bid the dark shades of selfishness depart,And now…
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The Secret of Success (Poem)

On thyself insist, imbuedWith gladness and elation.On "trial" and "suffering" never brood—Nor yet invite a passive moodOf "tranquil resignation."All that Is, is Truth and Good—The "evil" is negation—So, wisely let thine attitudeBe one of Affirmation.
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Service (Poem)

Today you wrote a letterTo one who calls you friend;Is any man the betterFor words which you have penned? Is any home the brighterBecause you passed that way?Is any heart the lighterThat you have lived today? Life is not worth the living—As it so quickly flies—Unless we aye are givingThe…
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L'Envoi (Poem)

Well—were it not a pleasant thingTo fall asleep with all one’s friends;To pass with all our social tiesTo silence from the paths of men;And every hundred years to riseAnd learn the world, and sleep again;To sleep thro' terms of mighty wars,And wake on science grown to more,On secrets of the…
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Heart-Purity (Poem)

Blessed are the pure in heart,For they shall see God.—Matthew 5:8 All blessed are the pure in heart,For they their God shall see.A vision bright and true of HimWho triumphed on the tree.How can I such a heart procureWho feel so much of sin?Just keep it all outside thy life,And…
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November Star (Poem)

November Star, November Star, Gleaming so brightly, from afar, In darkest night when all is still—With rapture thou my soul dost fill;The moon may hide her silv’ry sheen, But thou hast ever faithful been; Shine, Star of pure unsullied light! Midst thickest clouds thou art most bright. And tho’ the…
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Restored

Eager for strife and struggle, Self and gain,And heeding not the gentle Voice of Truth,We strive and wrestle in dark ways of pain,And, blind and lost in passion, we disdainThe unobtrusive Way of Love and Truth;So live we on in sorrow and in woe,Nor rest can find, nor blessed gladness…
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Upward (Poem)

How apt we are to think that fateA cruel hand has lainMost heavily upon our heads,And marked us out for pain. Each trial met, if nobly borne,However hard it be,Will strengthen faith, and nourish hope,And teach us charity. On each resisted sin we riseStep upon step to Heaven;Steep is the…
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Laughter! (Poem)

All Nature seems to laugh when I am glad,And laughter is the music I most love,It cheers me when I weary sit—and sad,And from ill humor lifts me high above.There’s music in the laughter of the breeze,A gladsome frolic in the rustling leaves,There’s laughter in the waving, happy trees,And in…
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Reverence (Poem)

Sweet Reverence! How fair art thou! How linked with majesty thy grace! How noble thine expansive brow! And how divine thy speaking face! Friends of long standing now are we, Yet still with awe thou canst me thrill; Nor would I solve thy mystery Which baffles but attracts me still.…
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Good Deeds

The man who with a heart of loveDoeth an action good and kindFor mercy's sake, expecting nought,Great recompense will find."For he who doeth good to oneOf these my brethren counted leastTo me the deed hath also done"—Thus spake our great High Priest.Were only deeds of love performed,Their mingled essences would…
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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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Live For Something (Poem)

Live for something, have a purpose,And that purpose keep in view;Drifting like a helmless vessel,Thou canst ne'er to life be true.Half the wrecks that strew life's ocean,If some star had been their guide,Might have now been riding safely,But they drifted with the tide. Live for something, and live earnest,Though the…
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Serving

Would'st thou know to whom by GodHighest place is given?Whom the angels most applaudIn the courts of heaven?Would'st thou know who best the worldUnto goodness swerveth?'Tis the man who helpeth men,'Tis the soul which serveth. Would'st thou know who first will riseUnto Love's perfection?Who is likely least to fallInto doubt's…
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Whatever Is, Is Best (Poem)

I know as my life grows older,And mine eyes have clearer sight,That under each rank Wrong, somewhereThere lies the root of Right.That each sorrow has its purpose,By the sorrowing oft unguessed;But as sure as the sun brings morning,Whatever is, is best. I know that each sinful action,As sure as the…
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Conscripts of the Dream (Poem)

Give thanks, O heart, for the high soulsThat point us to the deathless goals—For all the courage of their cryThat echoes down from sky to sky;Thanksgiving for the armed seersAll heroes called to mortal years—Souls that have built our faith in man,And lit the ages as they ran. Lincoln, Mazzini,…
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Open the Door, O Lord (Poem)

To proclaim liberty to the captives and the opening of the prison to them that are bound.—Isaiah 61:1 I. Open Thou, the prison door, O Lord,And set the captives free,From suffering and from woes untoldBring forth, and lead them unto Thee,Thou King of Kings. For Thou the prison door can…
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Fear Not (Poem)

Fear not when men shall speak thee ill,And place thy faults where all may see;But only fear lest thou fulfillTheir prophecies concerning thee. Fear not when darkness doth prevail,And happiness seems out of reach;But only fear lest thou shouldst failTo learn the lessons God would teach. Nor shalt thou long…
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Contentment (Poem)

How truly blest is he who knows content!His life is calm and peaceful, and the lightOf sweetest happiness shines warm and brightAcross his path. His mind is not intentOn what God grants not, nor is his time spentln vain complaining, but he finds delightIn Heaven's gifts, and walks with face…
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Sonnet (Poem)

He who hath borne us out upon this sphere,And girdled us within this sunlit zone,Hath not forgotten us that all aloneWe struggle with an aching want and fear;Nor is He far away; but liveth nearAs that quick breath by mortal impulse known;Or that embrace, which, clinging to our own,Incarnates human…
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A Little Sketch (Poem)

What this troubled old world needsIs less of quibbling over creeds,Fewer words and better deeds. Less of "Thus and so shall youThink and act and say and do,"More of "How may I be true?" Less of wrangling over text;Less of creed and code perplexed;More of charity unvexed. Less of shouting:…
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A London Sunset (Poem)

By drear and dirty ways I passed,Their sordid scenes my soul oppressed;I craved for coolness and for rest,For ocean spaces clean and vast. But, bounding every stifling street,The sky in golden glory glowed;A peace into my spirit flowedFrom that fair sight, so grand and sweet. The golden glory seemed to…
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To Them That Seek the Highest Good

To them that seek the highest GoodAll things subserve the wisest ends;Naught comes as ill, and wisdom lendsWings to all shapes of evil brood. The darkening sorrow veils a StarThat waits to shine with gladsome light;Hell waits on heaven; and after nightComes golden glory from afar. Defeats are steps by…
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An Autumn Thought (Poem)

Poets have linked fair Autumn with regret, But this is not the note to which I set The Autumn days of ripened fruit and corn, Of glowing eve, and frost-kissed, misty morn. It is the season of the fuller life, The time of peace that follows youthful strife, When store…
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Meditation (Poem)

Would'st thou, my soul, walk on that heavenly way—The way of holiness? Then, it must beThy life on earth must ever proof displayThat deep within thee dwelleth purity.Thus holiness, or wholeness, of thy stateShall shew thine inclinations ever leanTo do the things true wisdom shall dictateAs fruits of Love; in…
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To My Father (Poem)

I. Sometimes I vainly wish I had been bornIn some large mansion beautified by ageAs seems a little heaven when breaks the mornAdmired by all men—the uncouth and sage,So I had known the luxury of wealthWhere comes no worry how to make ends meet,But all that pleasure gives or makes…
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A Dew Year’s Wish (Poem)

Days that are gone by like tender falling leaves, Time’s harvest gathered in golden sheaves,This is what I wish you. Days that are here filled full with joy and love, Peace and goodwill, and blessings from above,This is what I wish you. Days still to come be long and fair…
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