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Poems of Passion/Show Me the Way

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.


This work is in the public domain in the United States because it was published before January 1, 1924.


The author died in 1919, so this work is also in the public domain in countries and areas where the copyright term is the author's life plus 99 years or less. This work may also be in the public domain in countries and areas with longer native copyright terms that apply the rule of the shorter term to foreign works.