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by Ella Wheeler Wilcox

   Would you believe in Presences Unseen—
      In life beyond this earthly life?
   BE STILL: Be stiller yet; and listen. Set the screen
      Of silence at the portal of your will.
   Relax, and let the world go by unheard.
   And seal your lips with some all-sacred word.

   Breathe ‘God,’ in any tongue—it means the same;
      LOVE ABSOLUTE: Think, feel, absorb the thought;
   Shut out all else; until a subtle flame
      (A spark from God’s creative centre caught)
   Shall permeate your being, and shall glow,
   Increasing in its splendour, till, YOU KNOW.

   Not in a moment, or an hour, or day
      The knowledge comes; the power is far too great,
   To win in any desultory way.
      No soul is worthy till it learns to wait.
   Day after day be patient, then, oh, soul;
   Month after month—till, lo! the goal! the goal!


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