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Courage (Poem)

Courage! plant your feet more firmly,Though the way be dark as night.Courage! fling despair behind you,Have a noble aim in sight.Courage! let the past dark pagesOf your life be left behind,Leave the past, its sins and sorrows,Look ahead, and light you'll find. Courage! bear life's burdens bravely,Strike out firmly for…
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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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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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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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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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Forget the Past (Poem)

Forgetting those things which are behind.—Phil. III. 13 Forget the past! 'Twill ne'er return,'Tis gone forever now ;Does not its memory bid thee learnHow faithless was its vow?However rashly it was bought,Howe'er 'twas prized or dear,It is not worth an anxious thoughtOr e'en one bitter tear. Forget the past! 'Tis…
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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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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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Precept and Practice (Poem)

Halt not! Decide which course is thine:Look neither right nor left: Advance!Thy mission is indeed divine—Not at the beck and call of chance. Hold up thine head, and know thy worth:The Highest dwells Himself in thee,No greater force in heaven or earthThan Manhood ever can there be. Wouldst order all—on…
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Love's Memories (Poem)

Let us wander by the fountain where the water lilies grow,Where the noisy ducks are splashing and the swans move to and fro.Let us wander where as children we once so happy played,To the pathway where our friendship in sweet innocence was made. Here is the spot so hallowed where…
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Sunshine in Winter

The sky is veiled in gloomy clouds today,The sea reflects her mood in sullen grey;And winter, cold and merciless, reigns King,Making our life seem but a dreary thing. But soon a glow o'erspreads the darkened sky,Reminding us the sun is still on high;The clouds, now softened, turn to golden hue,Breaking…
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A Hindu Legend (Poem)

Along the bank of Ganges slowly pacedA tall, dark man, in robes of purest white.With earnest, thoughtful look he stood and gazedUpon the stream, while every moment seemedTo leave a sterner trace upon his brow.The men who passed him laughed, and, or jesting, said:"Lo, there is Gohur, waiting for the…
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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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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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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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Circumstances (Poem)

We build our future thought by thoughtFor good or bad and know it not:Yet so the universe is wrought. Thought is another name for Fate;Choose then thy destiny and wait,For love brings love and hate brings hate. Mind is the master of the sphere;Be calm, be steadfast, and sincere;Fear is…
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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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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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Memories (Poem)

I prayed to God to lake the burden from me, The burning memory of my illspent years, That sins and errors might be all forgotten, That I might not remember all my fears. Oh foolish prayer! Thank God it was not answered; For surely all my sins were steps to…
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Spiritual Security (Poem)

However skilled and strong art thou, my foe,However fierce is thy relentless hate,Tho firm thy hand and strong thy aim, and straightThy poisoned arrow leaves the bended bowTo pierce the target of my heart, ah! knowI am the master yet of my own fate.Thou canst not rob me of my…
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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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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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Heed Not (Poem)

Heed not alone what the multitudes round thee are crying,Listen once more to the voice that is still at thy side,Yearning thy soul to uplift from its Earth-gotten sighing,Singing the songs of the spheres where our Spirits abide,Swelling the prayers of thy life to a full flowing tide. From The…
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Seek and Find (Poem)

Seek you where to End the jewel,Pearl of priceless worth to you?Lose your life! and, losing, find itIn the good, the pure and true.In the Heart of the Eternal,In the living, earnest prayer,In the Light of Love Supernal;Thou shalt find the answer there.
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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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The Divine Justice (Poem)

The only destiny there is for theeIn store, there is, dear friend, for every man;For he who wills I count it certain(Nay must) create the fate that is to be. God doth not arbitrate for you and me—We pass the sentence after life's brief span;It hath been so indeed since…
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Evolution (Poem)

Ye cannot escape me, O children of earth!For I am the essence of all that hath been—Of chaos, selection, possession and change,—And I am the prophet of all that shall be!I lay in the depths of the far-reaching cave!I slept in the slow-creeping Saurian's heart!I shivered the air with my…
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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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One Life, One Law (Poem)

What do we know—what need we knowOf 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 seekTo make the tongueless silence speak,Be still, be strong, nor wish to findTheir way who leave the world…
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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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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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A Legend (Poem)

There has come to my mind a legend, A thing I had half forgot, And whether I read it or dreamed it— Ah well, it matters not. It is said that in heaven at twilight A great bell softly swings, And man may listen and hearken To the wonderful music…
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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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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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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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The Lesson of Pain (Poem)

The cry of man's anguish went up unto God:"Lord, take away pain!The shadow that darkens the world Thou hast made,The close-coiling chainThat strangles the heart, the burden that weighsOn the wings that would soar—Lord, take away pain from the world Thou hast made,That it love Thee the more!" Then answered…
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The Finding of Wisdom (Poem)

I sought the world, but peace was not there;I courted learning, but Truth was not revealed;I sojourned with philosophy, but my heart was sore with vanity.And I cried, "Where is Peace to be found?And where is the hiding-place of Truth?"In Humility I found Peace,In the practice of Righteousness Truth was…
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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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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 Inward Truth (Poem)

If thou, my brother-soul, art living trueTo thine own higher self, in harmonyWith its diviner thought, then thou art freeFrom all the discords of material life.What others do is no concern of thine.They may not injure thee. Their evil thought,lf such they have, reverts upon themselves.And, for the rest, if…
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Overcoming (Poem)

How shall I a habit break?As you did that habit make.As you gathered, you must lose;As you yielded, now refuse.Thread by thread the strands we twistTill they bind us neck and wrist,Thread by thread the patient handMust untwine ere free we stand.As we builded, stone by stone,We must toil, unhelped,…
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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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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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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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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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The Fairer One (Poem)

Beneath one roof two human forms behold,A radiant child, with silky, golden hair,And face like some sweet flow'r, so fresh and fair;A faded woman, feeble, gray, and old,With scanty locks, with fingers thin and cold,And lined, worn face, all brown and shriveled-up—The face of one who of affliction's cupHath deeply…
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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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The Sun—A Broken Reflection

What rest is in thy labors?What tribute dost thou draw?From age to age I followThe great Eternal Law.I know not rest or tribute—I seek not gain or wage—My work was set before meIn space, before all age. Who set thee to thy duty?The Will from whom all lifeReceives its destined…
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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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