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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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The Two Lives (Poem)

My soul has ever loved to draw apart,To steal unnoticed from the noisy din,And listen to the voice within,The still small whisper of the quiet heart. I ever loved to listen long and deep,And strain the spirits‘ inner ear to catchThe gentle lifting of the latchOf chamber doors where sweetest…
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Looking Forward (Poem)

When the leaves fallDo we not say "They have played their partGiving all through the summer daysShelter and beauty in woodland ways,And mystic music that soothed the heart"—Oh leaves, dear leaves, we watch you fade,Regretfully but undismayed;While boughs are bare and days are drearWe wait for what shall be next…
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Knowledge

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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Ministry (Poem)

"Not to be ministered unto, but to minister." How beauteous, in our devious ways,To keep this thought in mind—"Whoso for others spends himselfThe truest life shall find." Our quest is all for happiness,We seek the mystic stonePhilosophers of old e'er soughtThe Gold of Good to own. There is no need…
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Sunshine and Storm (Poem)

I stand on a grass—waving hillside,A wanderer, friendless, unknown,But my heart is all tranquil within me,For my thoughts to the meadows have flown;Have flown to the woodlands, enjoying a senseOf the beauty in Nature, of rapture intense. Before me lie mountains, woods, valleys,A lake—which reflects the blue sky—And round my…
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Seek The Light (Poem)

Blind souls that love the darkness,And drowse in stupor dense,In darkness of gross evil,Or twilight joys sense,Come, quit your caves and dungeons,Come out into the light,Tho' first its rays with blindnessAfflict your dazzled sight.
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A Song of Hope (Poem)

Children of yesterdayHeirs of tomorrow,What are you weaving—Labor and sorrow?Look to your looms again;Faster and fasterFly the great shuttlesPrepared by the Master.Life's in the loom,Room for it—room!Children of yesterdayHeirs of tomorrow,Lighten the laborAnd sweeten the sorrow.Now—while the shuttles flyFaster and faster,Up and be at it—At work with the Master.He stands…
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Truth Triumphant (Poem)

There is no height to which thou canst not climb;There is no grandeur that thou may'st not view,If thou wilt reach beyond the things of Time,Unto the Pure, the Beautiful, the True. There is no saintly vision, no glad sightOf seer, nor no dream of holy sageBut may be thine;…
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Follow Thy Star (Poem)

Follow thy Star! Through paths of pain,Where sorrow's cup o'erruns the brim,And sun of Hope sinks red and dim.Follow thy Star! And count no gainThe fleeting joy, that can but bringThe empty husk: a worthless thing! Follow thy Star! And, strong of heart,Pursue thy course in storm and calm,Making thy…
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The Inward Purity (Poem)

Find ye that life is anguish, and that self-love is a chainThat binds thy quivering soul, and cuts with biting stings of pain?Grieve ye where Slander's serpents trail beneath fair flowers of Trust?Or weep where Friendship buried lies 'neath Hatred's fulsome dust?Then listen,—Selfish sweets are brief, and fleeting selfhood's ties,But…
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I Know

When the anchors that faith has castAre dragging in the gale,I am quietly holding fastTo the things that cannot fail.I know that right is right;That it is not good to lie;That love is better than spiteAnd a neighbor than a spy.I know that passion needsThe leash of sober mind;I known…
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Tomorrow and Today

In the dark land of TomorrowI dwelt with pain and sorrow,And I sighed for joys and blessings that escaped me as I ran;And the darkness gathered round me,For the morrow ever found meLiving in "What I ought to do," and not in what I can. And I sought for loving-kindnessIn…
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Precious Seeds (Poem)

Think the best of one another,As ye journey day by day;Kindly thoughts will help and strengthenWeary travelers on their way;Kindly words will cheer and gladdenMany a dropping soul you meet;Make the road seem shorter, brighter,For their tired and aching feet.Do the best for one another,Toiling up the hill of life;Every…
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Would You Scale the Highest Heaven

Would you scale the highest heaven,Would you pierce the lowest hell,Live in dreams of constant beauty,Or in basest thinkings dwell. For your thoughts are heaven above you,And your thoughts are hell below;Bliss is not, except in thinking,Torment naught but thought can know. Worlds would vanish but for thinking;Glory is not…
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Never Give Up (Poem)

Never give up! It is wiser and betterAlways to hope, than once to despair;Fling off the load of Doubt's cankering fetter,And break the dark spell of tyrannical Care.Never give up! or the burden may sink you;Providence kindly has mingled the cup,And in all trial or troubles, bethink you,The watchword of…
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Wishing (Poem)

Do you wish the world were better?Let me tell you what to do.Set a watch upon your actions;Keep them always straight and true.Rid your mind of selfish motives,Let your thoughts be clean and high.You can make a little EdenOf the sphere you occupy. Do you wish the world were wiser?Well,…
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The Vital Truth (Poem)

O look not on the clash of creeds,Their conflict that confronts us here—See how each, caught in passion, breedsMistrust and hatred, scorn and fear. O turn! and seek the vital truthOn which they claim to rest, and seeHow, when each Faith was in its youth,Of Right 'twas the epitome. Note…
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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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Faith (Poem)

Never a moment in the dusty street,But conscious of a guiding hand that cheers:When striving in the City's noise and heat,Knowing of drooping joys or darkened tears,To feel the breath of Heavenly Love inflow,And emanate, to heal this City's woe. Never a moment fraught with human pain,At seeming loss of…
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In Tune With the Infinite (Poem)

On night's still camp is pitched my tent,That weary body where my days are spent,And on the golden brink I lieOf life's sweet rest and mystery.Veiled from my eyes the glare of day,The turmoil of the crowded way.The "Me," that may not live by sight,Yearns for a ray of purer…
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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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Liberty (Poem)

So let my soul vibrateWith Virtue ever,That I incorporateIn each endeavorThe essence the Eternal only yields. So let me live, that DeathHath terrors none.For he who triumphethO'er Death hath wonThe Liberation he who conquers wields.
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The Universal Goodness (Poem)

As I look below the surface, as I ponder and reflect,At times it seems an inkling of a meaning I detectIn the seeming want of all design or purpose in the planThat started into being when the universe began. As I gaze still deeper, musing, my spirit—that was sadAs it…
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Love (Poem)

Love never dies; it lives throughout the ages,If it be true, and pure, and holy love,Distance may part, and that dear voice, like musicUnto our listening ears, be no more heard.Years may roll on, and time may bring us changesBefore we can again behold that form,Or gaze upon that face…
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Life (Poem)

My life is what I make it, I am I,A spark of God, to cherish, or let die. I breast no tide, but drift to sea, a weed—Or shape myself into a tuneful reed. I work with every fiber till I standA beacon, shedding light throughout the land. Or else…
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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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A Prophecy (Poem)

These things shall be! A loftier raceThan e'er the world hath known shall riseWith flame of freedom in their souls,And light of knowledge in their eyes.They shall be gentle, brave and strongTo spill no drop of blood, but dareAll that may plant man's lordship firmO'er earth and fire and sea…
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Yashas (Poem)

At that time there was in Benares a noble youth, Yashas by name, the son of a wealthy merchant. Troubled in his mind about the sorrows of the world, he secretly rose up in the night and stole away to the Blessed One.—The Gospel of Buddha Lo, in the night,…
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I Take Refuge in Truth

I come to thee, O Master! on thy breastI lay my weary head; I lave thy feetWith tears and kisses, travail of my quest;I bring my aching heart and sore defeat,And seek thy holy joy and perfect rest. Place thou thy hand upon my burning brow;Soothe thou my soul, and…
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What of the Night?

What of the night, O Watchman! see’st thou yetThe glimmering dawn upon the mountain heightsThe golden Herald of the Light of lights,Are his fair feet upon the hilltops set? Cometh he yet to chase away the gloom,And with it all the demons of the Night?Strike yet his darting rays upon…
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Life is too Short (Poem)

Life is too short for any vain regretting;Let dead delight bury its dead, I say,And let us go upon our way forgettingThe joys and sorrows of each yesterday.Between the swift sun's rising and its settingWe have no time for useless tears or fretting—Life is too short. Life is too short…
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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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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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Take Courage

Oh! weary souls so laden with Earth's sorrow,Oh! aching hearts so saddened by Earth's pain,Who in your grief hope for no bright tomorrow,Arise, be strong, take courage once again!For round you still,—though shadows seem to banishYour Star of Hope that shone so bright above,—There is a Sea of Infinite Compassion,An…
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Summer Days (Poem)

Summer days are swiftly passing,Autumn time is drawing near;See the lovely colors changing,And the nut-brown tints appear. Soon the swallows will have left usFor a warmer, brighter clime;There in sunnier lands they'll lingerThrough our frosty winter time. Soon the harvest will be gatheredInto barns for winter store,And the fields all…
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Restfulness (Poem)

Be not anxious! The sweet lily growsIn calm, untroubled grandeur of repose;Her glorious raiment is not won with 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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If We Knew (Poem)

If we knew the cares and crossesCrowding round our neighbor's way;If we knew the little losses,Sorely grievous, day by day;Would we then so often chide himFor his lack of thrift and gain,Leaving on his hearth a shadow,Leaving on his life a stain? If we knew the clouds above us,Held by…
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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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Truth Triumphant

There is no height to which thou canst not climb;There is no grandeur that thou may’st not view,If thou wilt reach beyond the things of Time,Unto the Pure, the Beautiful, the True. There is no saintly vision, no glad sightOf seer, nor no dream of holy sageBut may be thine;…
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The Beginning and the End: The First and the Last

"The Beginning and the End: The First and the Last."Christ is not flesh, that ye should gazeOn person or on period,He dwells beyond this passing phaseOf evolution—One with God.He is not man—nor less than man:His person as a mark must be.How could it be that we should scanOr know inscrutability?He…
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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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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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Learn of Christ (Poem)

Aye, learn of Christ, for He was meek,And in thine intercourse with man,When wrath is strong, and pity weak,Too often wilt thou long to speakThe words thine heart doth plan. Aye, learn of Christ, for He was poor,And in the days of toil and dearthToo oft temptation will allure,Too oft…
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Reason (Poem)

Why asketh thou thus after my name, seeing it is a secret?—Judges xiii. 18 (A. V.) I ask of Thee, for I would humbly know,Where I can find a hidden place with Thee.I want to tell my doubtings, and to showMy weakness leans to frequent frailty.But Thou hast said, "My…
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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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Reflection (Poem)

Behold the Kingdom of God is within you.(Luke 17:21) To seek the kingdom of the mighty God,Must we explore immeasurable space?Or, on the earth where mortal man ne'er trod,Shall we discover that most holy place? Ah, no! we need not travel far to findWhere God is King. The universe displaysThe…
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Counsel (Poem)

Look not on thine offences past,But rather on good deeds to do;Brood not on "evil"—rather castThine eye on what is pure and true. Dwell only on the noblest things—On whatsoe'er will raise thee higher;Mount o'er the low on spirit wings,And unto thine Ideal aspire.
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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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Resolve (Poem)

There is no chance, no destiny, no fate,Can circumvent or hinder or controlThe firm resolve of a determined soul.Gifts count for little; will alone is great;All things give way before it, soon or late.What obstacle can stay the mighty forceOf the sea-seeking river in its course,Or cause the ascending orb…
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