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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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Grasp the Truth (Poem)

Let there be many windows in your soul, That all the glory of the universe May beautify it. Not the narrow pane Of one poor creed can catch the radiant rays That shine from countless sources. Tear away The blinds of superstition: let the light Pour through fair windows broad…
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God Captains Us (Poem)

"God captains us but does not coddle us." God captains us but does not coddle us, Nor are we meant to pass our sojourn hereSeeking for ease and comfort, but are madeFor higher, purer, grander life than this.God needeth men, not babes, and he who fainWould honor such a Father,…
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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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Seek Earnestly (Poem)

Seek earnestly the good and true,Don't be content with dreaming;Be not deceived, you have your due,In spite of worldly seeming. If worldly things do not succeedAs you have been expecting,It may be that your spirit's needDemanded such rejecting. No need to climb to worldly fameTo find the good around you;You…
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The Divine is All (Poem)

O Earth! thou hast not any wind which blowsWhich is not music. Every weed of thine,Pressed rightly, flows in aromatic wine;And every humble hedgerow flower that grows,And every little brown bird that doth sing,Hath something greater than itself, and bearsA loving word to every living thing,Albeit it holds the message…
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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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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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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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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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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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Manhood's Dignity (Poem)

I am no worm of earth, to crawl or lieUpon the surface, deeming it my homeOr constant place of habitation.Have in my form a secret pow'r to roamIn mental fancy through the universe,And feel a freedom in my reasoning mind:Led on by Hope, I bid doubt's clouds disperse,For the Divinity…
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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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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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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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The Real Presence (Poem)

Nor merely when before the altar bending,Whereon the symbols of Thy Love are spread—To blood red wine in holy chalice standing,Or on the paten that sad broken bread.Nor in the cloistered aisle with organ pealingThe anthems grand in praise of Thy dear Love;But everywhere I have the gracious feelingWhich to…
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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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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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Immortality

He shall not die who seeks the Way of Truth;He shall not see the 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…
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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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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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Why Will Ye Die? (Poem)

Why will ye die? I have no pleasure in the death of him that dieth, saith the Lord God; wherefore turn yourselves and live ye.—Ezekiel (18:32) "Turn ye, oh! turn ye, for why will ye die?"Tender, beseeching, and plaintive the cry:Men pause, and list to the beautiful song,Smile, shrug their…
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The Vision (Poem)

Men wandered long in desolate lands:They strode along in anger fiercely shownIn deeds of bloody vengeance by their hands,Which brought to eyes the tear, to lips the moanOf undiluted anguish, harsh and great;To child the loss of Father, Wife, the stateOf widowhood. And all for naught the feudRaged high; and…
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The Charitable Way (Poem)

Set not the faults of other folks in view,But rather mind what thou thyself should'st do;For twenty errors of thy neighbor knownWill tend but little to reform your own.A graceful manner and a friendly easeWill give a "No," and not at all displease;And an ill-natur'd or ungraceful "Yes,"When it is…
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The True Man (Poem)

A Man is he who helps his brothers onWith cheery word and smile or kindly deed;Who never treats with high imperious airsThose who may serve him.He who, though just, is merciful,And ne'er inllicts on others needless pain;And draws all hearts by silken threads of loveSo slight, so delicate, and yet…
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Sunset (Poem)

The blue of Heaven pales to the crimson west, Where glancing o'er the fields he late possessed, Apollo flashes back his burning rays And sets one half the heavens in a blaze! The farthest fringe fades to a softer hue, Disseminates, and mingles with the blue. The slow-progressing cloudlets catch…
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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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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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Life's Music (Poem)

Around the shipwreck of our mortal life,Beyond its tragedy of pain and death,Above the hurricane and heated breathOf passion, soft the healing music strivesFor utterance within the fevered soul,To bring it harmony, and make it whole. Above the noisy discord and the fretOf daily life (if one could but be…
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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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Evil (Poem)

One Absolute exists: 'tis Love—'tis God!And Evil—dreamin child of Time and Space(A finite pair)—unwitting, works God's Will,To bring—if need be, through lone paths of pain—Chasten'd and meek, rebellious man to Heav'n.Our ills are discords unresolved in Time,That make sweet concord in Eternity. I reverently bless God the Father for what…
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Now (Poem)

Thou art what the present finds thee:Leave tradition, grasp today;It is Hope and Fear that blinds thee—Fear not then if Duty binds thee—Seize thou life, and leave decay. Why encumbered with the fiction;Man in childhood chanced to weave?Why on dogma base conviction?Truth can ne'er impose restriction—Right and reason—these believe.
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The One Unutterable Need (Poem)

I pass along the busy street,Scanning the faces that I meet,Striving to read, as best I may,What Life has writ on living clay;And often, all unconsciously,They open out their hearts to me:Then, dumb with unshed tears, I readThe one unutterable need.For some discordant, loud, and clear,Only the din of traffic…
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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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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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The Trivial Round (Poem)

If life ordain seclusion as thy lot,If thou dost dwell aloof from humankind—Lament thou not,But in such limits still thy mission find. Yearn not for chances to "the world" improve:Nor yet in search of these in suffering go:Learn just to loveThose nigh to thee—contented it is so.
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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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The Mystic Gladness (Poem)

A little sun, a little rain,A soft wind blowing from the west,And woods and fields are sweet again,And warm within the mountain's breast.So simple is the earth we tread,So quick with love and life her frame,Ten thousand years have dawned and fled,And still her magic is the same. A little…
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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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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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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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A Chant of the Strong (Poem)

Ye are strong in your gold and gear,Ye are strong in your Hocks and herds,—Ye are strong in the charm of a stout right arm,And the pow'r of your burning words,And ye hold your weapons true—But the battle is not unto you. Do ye dare to look on your sin,Can…
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I Will Arise (Poem)

Whosoever shall not accept the Kingdom of God as a little child, he shall not enter therein.—Mark 10:15 & Luke 18:17 Weary of thought, and tired of books and learning,Oppressed in mind with endless questioning,For my lost childhood's faith my soul is yearning,And for the peace which that alone could…
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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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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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Peace After Passion (Poem)

I do believe a grand thought never dies;I do believe that after-love is best;When the strange fire that lay within the eyesAnd the wild singing of the heart's unrestHave passed away, and we are calm and wise,And think upon the love that makes us blest,I do believe there's more of…
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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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Ring Out, Wild Bells (Poem)

Ring out slowly a dying cause,And acnient forms of party strife;Ring in the nobler modes of life,With sweeter manners, purer laws. Ring out false pride in place and blood,The civic slander and the spite;Ring in the love of truth and right,Ring in the common love of good. Ring our old…
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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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Knowledge and Love (Poem)

When man shall know his fellow man,And hearts respond to Love's entreat;And over all this bless'd, broad land,In holy, sweet communion meet;When Love shall take the place of hate,And sorrow all shall flee away;When man shall know his full estate,And understand the better way;Upright and strong he then shall be,Full…
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