"The Way"

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by Ella Wheeler Wilcox

   However certain of the way thou art,
   Take not the self-appointed leader’s part.
   Follow no man, and by no man be led,
   And no man lead. _Awake_, and go ahead.
   Thy path, though leading straight unto the goal
   Might prove confusing to another soul.
   The goal is central; but from east, and west,
   And north, and south, we set out on the quest;
   From lofty mountains, and from valleys low:—
   How could all find one common way to go?

   Lord Buddha to the wilderness was brought.
   Lord Jesus to the Cross. And yet, think not
   By solitude, or cross, thou canst achieve,
   Lest in thine own true Self thou dost believe.
   Know thou art One, with life’s Almighty Source,
   Then are thy feet set on the certain Course.

   Nor does it matter if thou feast, or fast,
   Or what thy creed—or where thy lot is cast;
   In halls of pleasure or in crowded mart,
   In city streets, or from all men apart—
   Thy path leads to the Light; and peace and power
   Shall be thy portion, growing hour by hour.
   Follow no man, and by no man be led.
   And no man lead. But _know_ and go ahead.

 

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