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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

The unwise say, "Our sufferings are unjust,Our pains and woes rise from the scattered dustOf sinful ancestors; we are not free;Our fathers robbed us of our libertyBy what they did; and we are weak and frailBecause they erred; they fell, and we must fail. "Our drunkenness comes from their love…
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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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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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Will (Poem)

Oh flickering lamp of life, whose flameOne tiny circle in the gloomServes to illume, I cannot blameYou, tho’ I flutter to my doom. Oh tree of knowledge, though I ateYour golden sun-browned fruit, nor knewTill then the mysteries of Fate—Ill breeding ill—I blame not you! Oh serpent, whom the woman…
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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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A Prayer for Peace (Poem)

Great God, Almighty Power: Now send Thy PeaceTo all the warring nations on this earth:Let gentle thoughts spring up; pity have birth;And Love, the mighty healer, have increase;From anger and unworthy thoughts releaseMen's minds. Grant Thou, Our Father God, true restFrom sanguinary strife: Let there be zestFor all Thy holy…
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The Almond Tree (Poem)

A little almond tree stood in the park.Dead and shriveled it seemed to my blurred vision as I passed it by;Dead and shriveled seemed all the trees, as they lifted their bare twisted fingersBeseeching voicelessly for they knew not what.Winter still held all nature in an icy clutch,Dun clouds hung…
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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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Work Truly (Poem)

I must work the works of Him that sent me, while it is day. The night cometh, when no man can work. —St. John ix. 4, R.V. Work while 'tis called the day; for when the nightHas cast its shadow o'er the earth, no manCan do correctly what requires the…
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Restfulness (Poem)

Be not anxious! The sweet lily growsIn calm, untroubled grandeur of repose;Her glorious raiment is not won by 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 Better View (Poem)

If we talk of the good that the world contains,And try our best to add to it,The evil will die of neglect by-and-by—'Tis the very best way to undo it. We preach too much and we dwell too longOn sin and sorrow and trouble;We help them to live by 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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Human Life (Poem)

Infinite possibility of lifeIs ours who live upon this earth. Each soulIs in itself a harmony, a wholeAs given direct from God.And if the strifeEnter and mar the music that is rifeWithin the deeps of being, may the dayDawn of sweet peace the world not takes away;And may the soul…
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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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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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Requirement (Poem)

What asks our Father of His children saveJustice and mercy and humility,A reasonable service of good deeds,Pure living, tenderness to human needs,Reverence, and trust, and prayer for light to seeThe Master’s footprints in our daily ways?No knotted scourge, nor sacrificial knife,But the calm beauty of an ordered lifeWhose every breathing…
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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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Brother Men (Poem)

King and beggar, both my brother men,Both equal, both alike, a little spaceTo meet the odds, to rise or fall, and then—The final fight, the finish of the race. For man is still a man though he may comeWith weary step, and eyes that plead for bread,And man is only…
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Nature's Meaning (Poem)

O Nature, wonderful thou art.Thy works out-span the mind of man.Thou hast a never failing plan;While we must do the lesser part.Yet we with wonder look on thee—O teach us what we ought to be. Thy mighty mountains, spreading plains;Thy winding streams and rippling brooks,Thy craggy peaks and leafy nooks,With…
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Mother's Love (Poem)

In many varied forms the gifts appear,Of love serenely precious and divine,All are most splendid, but to me more dearIs thy fair love for me, oh Mother mine. No lover can bear sacrifice like thee.No matter how intensely he may love,There is no holier form of victoryThan that which daily,…
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Ideals (Poem)

There are worlds around thee lyingWhich thou canst not see:There are forces round thee flyingUnperceived by thee. Ope thine eyes, and cease denial—Much is there concealed!Give thy faith a fairer trial;More shall be revealed. It is from the inborn dictates of conscience and the inspired principle of duty that 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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The Guide (Poem)

Still was the night, and clear the moonLay crescent in a velvet sky;But not for me that drowsy peace,The silent midnight harmony,For many days my spirit blindHad sought a guide, but none could find. There lay before me divers paths,But each soon wound away from sight;Long time I questioned passers-byWhich…
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Let Something Good Be Said (Poem)

When over the fair fame of friend or foeThe shadow of disgrace shall fall, insteadOf words of blame, or proof of thus and so,Let something good be said. Forget not that no fellow-being yetMay fall so low but love may lift his head;Even the cheek of shame with tears is…
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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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Renunciation (Poem)

Lines written after reading "Epoch" leaflet "My Gold," by Mrs. James Allen I loved my gold, and hugged it to my heart:'Twas as the face of my Beloved, so dear,Its very blemishes my love made clear.But as I slept, One came, took it apartFrom me, and turned as though He…
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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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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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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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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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To Our Soldiers (Poem)

For Home and Honor To our Soldiers I sing! To the men of our land Who heard the alarming and sudden command Arm, arm ye! Our brethren are wronged and oppressed And rose as one man to obey the behest. To our Soldiers I sing! To the earnest and trueWho…
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I, Truth, Am Thy Redeemer

I, Truth, am thy Redeemer, come to Me;Lay down thy sin and pain wild unrest;And I will calm thy spirit’s stormy sea,Pouring the oil of peace upon thy breast:Friendless and lone—lo, I abide with thee. Defeated and deserted, cast away;What refuge hast thou? Whither canst thou fly?Upon My changeless breast…
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God is Light (Poem)

Dark your way is it? Dark as EgyptWas dark to the Hebrews in Pharaoh’s time!It is easy you say to look towards heaven,When you walk where the mountain tops sublime,See the first faint blue of the miracle dawn,Feel the roselight kiss of the wonderful morn,A-thrill with the glory of earth…
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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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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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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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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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Deeds of Evil (Poem)

The man who of malign intent Doth injure any living thing, Makes himself heir to myriad ills That he himself doth bring. For there is such a subtle bond Of unity ’twixt thing and thing That when a blow to one he gives They all do feel the sting. Their…
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The Unseen Cord (Poem)

There is an unseen cord which bindsThe whole wide world together;Through every human life it winds—This one mysterious tether.It links all races and all landsThroughout their span allotted,And death alone unites the strandsWhich God Himself has knotted. However humble be your lot,Howe’er your hands are fettered,You cannot think a noble…
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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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