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The Preacher (Poem)

In his dreary roomOn a lonely flat,'Mid the twilight gloom,Long the Preacher sat,Thinking with a sighOf the days gone by. He had started well;Mind and soul on fireGod's vast love to tell.Others to inspire;But heart, hand, and brain,All had toiled in vain. Many far less learned(Bitterly he mused)Souls to God…
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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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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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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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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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Roses (Poem)

There is never a rose that has bloomed, dear,In this garden of ours today,That has not given light,Or gladdened the sightOf some traveler, on his way. It may be a butterfly only,As he fits 'neath the sunny sky,But the glimpse of the rose,In the breeze, as she blows,Makes him pause…
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Heaven (Poem)

In the Visions of the agesI am evermore reflected;In the precepts of the sagesI am spoken and rejected.I can suffer no distortion,Sin and sorrow cannot stain me;Fixed and faultless in proportion,He must bend who would attain me. The whole universe in which we live is arranged in such a fashion…
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Choice

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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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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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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Abiding Strength (Poem)

Glorious it is to wear the crownOf a deserved and pure success;He who knows how to fail has wonA crown whose luster is not less. Great may be he who can commandAnd rule with just and tender sway;Yet is diviner wisdom taughtBetter by him who can obey. We know if…
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Unknown (Poem)

"Alas!" they sigh, "how sad her lotOf poverty and loneliness!"Yet hath she, though they know it not,A crowd of friends her life to bless. Fair memories and dainty dreamsHer spirit haunt by night and day;And thoughts as pure as mountain-streamsAre friends unseen to cheer her way. While he who holds…
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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 Mystic Union (Poem)

"My Beloved is mine and I am His." It is enough that I have seen Thy face, Have looked into Thine eyes of uttermost calm; Have heard Thy voice chanting the living psalm Of that which is, and was, and is to come. Thy will and mine? I know no…
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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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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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If Only We Strive (Poem)

If only we strive to be pure and good,The foam of the sea will lower its crest,And the weary waves that we used to breastWill sob and turn and sink slowly to rest,With a tender calm all over and through. If only we strive to be pure and true,To each…
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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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A Daily Prayer (Poem)

Heavenly Father, help me to arise and shine for now my light has come. Wash me pure as snow and may my face shine with the beauty of health and wholeness. Clothe me with robes of righteousness, that I may be perfect as Thou hast commanded. Give me my needful…
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Hope (Poem)

Hope on, and fix your ideal high—And dream of some glad tomorrow, Better to sing a hopeful song—Than to chant a dirge of sorrow.'Tis good to strive with hopeful mind,To reach some goal of wondrous height;For hope alone can spur us on,And in the darkness show some light.The flower we…
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One Thing Lacking

E’en at the Master’s holy feet, low kneeling,Came one who knew nor worldly want nor stressYet sad with fruitless search for Truth, and feelingPerchance the Teacher of the world might blessThen asked he softly, and with humble pleading,—"Good Master, canst Thou calm my inward strife?Show me the lofty highway of…
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Recompense (Poem)

Wouldst thou be loved, dear friend? Then love!Wouldst be esteemed? Then but admire!Seek others' good, if thy desireIs that thyself they should approve. Wouldst thou direct? Then be contentThat others should do likewise. LetTheir lives be thine: so shalt thou getMore than thou askest to thee sent. Broad be thine…
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Liberty (Poem)

If ye lay bound upon the wheel of change,And no way were of breaking from the chain,The Heart of boundless Being is a curseThe Soul of Things fell pain. Ye are not bound! The Soul of things is sweet,The Heart of Being is celestial rest;Stronger than woe is will: that…
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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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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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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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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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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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Reality

I see men gaze upon the distant skiesOf ideals inaccessible and vain;And miss the Holy Way which near them lies—The hourly conquest over sin and pain.I see uplifted and imploring handsAching with emptiness; I see the cause,Self-made, of man’s long sorrow; see his bandsSelf-wrought, self-bound; I see the broken laws.Wisdom…
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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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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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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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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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Our Task (Poem)

Narrow our field of tillage, short our tenancy,But Thine Infinity, O God, and Thine Eternity.Here, resting now upon our little deeds and shortened days,Stretch out and onward and forever, Our problems fit and fill our boundaries,Our labor ends at sunset, at Thy feetWe leave the plough when twilight calls us…
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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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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 Abiding Law (Poem)

Thuo who, immutable and One,Through varying forms dost range,The abiding life, the steadfast lawDeep at the heart of change;— Our restless life sweeps ever onTo regions new and strange;But may our hearts the abiding find,The changeless 'mid all change!Samuel Longfellow No impure thing is allowed to approach the Pure.—Plato
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Exhortation (Poem)

O! Use thy moments as they fleeIn aspect of eternity;In acts abides the actor.Eternal Truth when understoodTurns curse to bliss, the bad to good;Make Truth thy life's great factor,SowingSeeds, growing,Never waning,But attainingTo resplendentGlories of the realms transcendent. Repeated sin destroys the understanding, and he whose reason is impaired repeats his…
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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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My Wish (Poem)

When o’er my soul a gentle peace is stealing, And on the breeze, from unknown realms above, I hear a voice like bells at evening pealing, Calling me upward with a tone of love—Then may I turn to Thee, my soul uplifting, And ask Thee for that strength I sorely…
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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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If Thou Would’st Right the World

If thou would’st right the world,And banish all its evils and its woes,Make its wild places bloom,And its drear deserts blossom as the rose,—Then right thyself.If thou would’st turn the worldFrom its long, lone captivity in sin,Restore all broken hearts,Slay grief, and let sweet consolation in,—Turn thou thyself.It thou would’st…
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The Good Man (Poem)

He is one who counts no public toil so hardAs idly glittering pleasures; one controlledBy no man's haste, nor swayed by gods of gold;Prizing, not courting, all just men's regard;With none but manhood's ancient Order starred,Nor crowned with titles less august and oldThan human greatness; large-brained, limpid-souled;Whom dreams can hurry…
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The Land of Silence (Poem)

There is strength for every duty,There is balm for every pain,In the blessed Land of SilenceWhere the soul's "I Am" doth reign. Not in some celestial city,With its shining streets of gold;Not in some far-distant futureWhich the years may yet unfold. Not in time, and not in distance,Lies the Land…
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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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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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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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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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As You Go Through Life (Poem)

Don't look for flaws as you go through life;And even when you find them,It is wise and kind to be somewhat blind,And to seek for the virtues behind them.For the cloudiest night has a hint of lightSomewhere in its shadow hiding,And it’s better far to hunt for a starThan the…
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