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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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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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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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What Have We Done Today (Poem)

We shall do so much in the years to come,But what have we done today?We shall give our gold in a princely sum,But what did we give today?We shall lift the heart and dry the tear,We shall plant a hope in the place of fear,We shall speak the words of…
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To Mrs. James Allen (Poem)

Sept. 1st, 1918. Soul strings eternally vibrateThe glory of the truly great,And here in Heav’n just everythingAround me seems to sing and singYour innovation welcoming! I think the tired City knew,Awaiting, that it wanted you,And I no longer feel surprise,To have desire materialize,I know your dream is coming true!
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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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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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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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God's Kin (Poem)

There is no summit you may not attain,No purpose that you may not yet achieve,If you will wait serenely, and believeEach seeming loss is but a step to'rd gain. Between the mountain tops lie vale and plain;Let nothing make you question, doubt or grieve;Give only good, and good alone receive;And…
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Life (Poem)

O Life, how vast thou art!How little understood!The force that fills the universe!The universal good!The truth in everything!The love that knows no fear!The very faculties by whichWe feel, and see, and hear!The light that never failsWherever we may range!The great foundation of us allWhich nothing here can change!E'en death itself…
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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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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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A Prayer (Poem)

One thing I ask:—It is an earnest heart,That I may rise and nobly act my partAll through my life. And if there be but little sun to shine,Still give me light enough, that it be mineTo conquer strife. A heart of tender love, selfless and true,To countenance and guide each…
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Do and Live (Poem)

If thou wilt enter into life keep the commandments.—Matt. XIX 17. Keep the commandments: it is less than naughtTo know and to approve them with thy mind,If to obedience thou giv'st no thought.So if thou would'st life's richest treasure find,Live thy belief: clothe thou each new-born truthWill garments of thy…
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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 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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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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Who is Heir to Paradise (Poem)

Remember that the sin and shame of the world are your sin and shame, for you are a part of it; your Karma is inextricably interwoven with the great Karma.—Light on the Path Rabbi Borak, in the crowded market-place, one dayMet with Elijah on the broad and open way,And falling…
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Contentment (Poem)

How truly blest is he who knows content!His life is calm and peaceful, and the lightOf sweetest happiness shines warm and brightAcross his path. His mind is not intentOn what God grants not, nor is his time spentln vain complaining, but he finds delightIn Heaven's gifts, and walks with face…
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Forgiveness (Poem)

How oft shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him?—Matt. xviii. 21. Hath any wronged thee thoughtlessly?Then grant to him forgiveness,Lest by thy lack of charityThou cause him further to transgress. Hath any wronged thee consciouslyAnd afterwards repented sore?Oh! grant to him a pardon free,And thou wilt ne'er…
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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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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 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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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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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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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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A Moonlight Row in Florida (Poem)

Who's for a moonlight row?A friend responds and away we goTo our boat on Live Oak Water,The lake so calm, so clear and warm,Reflects the outline of each form.Ghostly shadows flit around,Pervading all with awe profound.Quickly row! let’s feel the flow,List to the night-bird’s cry!Sing some refrain both soft and…
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To Be—Not to Seem (Poem)

Grieve not, though men thy meaning miss,Though thine intention they suspect:It matters not, but stoop and kissThy cross, content that e'en in thisGod hath thy need, nor will reject. Grieve not, though misconstrued may beThy act, thy word: it were as well.The motive matters. Who shall seeBeyond what each conceives…
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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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Keep Out of the Past (Poem)

Keep out of the Past; it is lonelyAnd barren and bleak to the view;Its Fires have grown cold, and its stories are tit old;Turn, turn to the Present—the New. Today leads you up to the hill-topsThat are kissed by the radiant sun;Today shows no tomb, life's hopes are in bloom,And…
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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 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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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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Why Do I Fail? (Answered) (Poem)

When l would lift my soul to highest heavenThat state of bliss so rich, so full, so free;Where errors are forgotten and forgivenAnd love alone reigns thro’ eternity: When I would strain as doth the seed soil-fetteredTo pierce the earth and heaven’s sweet breeze inhale,Why is it vain?—I fall again…
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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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To My Father (Poem)

I. Sometimes I vainly wish I had been bornIn some large mansion beautified by ageAs seems a little heaven when breaks the mornAdmired by all men—the uncouth and sage,So I had known the luxury of wealthWhere comes no worry how to make ends meet,But all that pleasure gives or makes…
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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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An "After Life" (Poem)

Why on this life presumeTo cast contempt and scorn?Why should'st thou fret and fumeBecause in matter born? The noblest souls were ne'erContent to wail and weep:Earth gave them scope, to careFor much that some count cheap. The flesh bemoaned they not,For so was power attained:.Accepted they their lot,Nor questioned what…
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Teach me (Poem)

Teach me, O seers that I trust! Chant me the difficult strain Leadingout of my sorrow and madness; Preach me the purging of pain! What shall I do to be just? Teach me, O ye in the light! Whom the poor and the rich alike trust; My heart is aflame…
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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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For They Shall Inherit the Earth (Poem)

Oh! rest those straining yearning eyes; Oh! drop those lifted prayerful hands, And cease to long for Angel bands To bear thy Spirit to the skies. The earth you deem so poor a place Is vaster than the heaven you seek; This lowly portion of the meek Is yet the highest point of…
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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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A Thought (Poem)

Sometimes in the dark,When stars in heaven their silent watches keep,While mother nature rocks the world to sleep,And all is strangely still;My soul awakes and vainly strives to seeThe why and wherefore of life’s mystery,And why what was, and is, and is to beShould Be. Sometimes in the morn,When from…
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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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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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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 Ladder of St. Augustine (Poem)

Saint Augustine! well hast thou said,  That of our vices we can frame A ladder, if we will but tread Beneath our feet each deed of shame! All common things, each day’s events, That with the hour begin and end, Our pleasures and our discontents, Are rounds by which we…
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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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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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One Thing Lacking (Poem)

E’en at the Master’s holy feet, low kneeling,Came one who knew nor worldly want nor stress,Yet sad with fruitless search for Truth, and feelingPerchance the Teacher of the world might bless;Then 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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