The Way

The Way  (1915) 
by Alice Duer Miller

From Scribner's Magazine, Oct 1915


THE WAY

By Alice Duer Miller

There is a magic pathway through the wood,
There is a current in the troubled stream,
A happy course to steer, if one but could,
A meaning to the dream.

And some in love and some in dogma find
The hint eternal as they kiss or pray;
Some through the crystal circle of the mind
Discern the way.

And some no hint, no pattern of the whole,
Nor star, nor path, nor channel can perceive—
Attempt no answer to the questing soul
And yet believe

There is a magic pathway through the wood
A quiet current in the troubled stream,
A happy course to steer, if one but could,
A meaning to the dream.

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