Show Me the Way

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by Ella Wheeler Wilcox

Show me the way that leads to the true life.
      I do not care what tempests may assail me,
I shall be given courage for the strife;
      I know my strength will not desert or fail me;
I know that I shall conquer in the fray:
                  Show me the way.

Show me the way up to a higher plane,
      Where body shall be servant to the soul.
I do not care what tides of woe or pain
      Across my life their angry waves may roll,
If I but reach the end I seek, some day:
                  Show me the way.

Show me the way, and let me bravely climb
      Above vain grievings for unworthy treasures;
Above all sorrow that finds balm in time;
      Above small triumphs or belittling pleasures;
Up to those heights where these things seem child's-play:
                  Show me the way.

Show me the way to that calm, perfect peace
      Which springs from an inward consciousness of right;
To where all conflicts with the flesh shall cease,
      And self shall radiate with the spirit's light.
Though hard the journey and the strife, I pray,
                  Show me the way.

from Poems of Passion by Ella Wheeler Wilcox (1883)

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