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Poem by Ella Wheeler Wilcox


Knowledge


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! 



Ella Wheeler Wilcox


Ella Wheeler Wilcox's other poems:
  1. The Birth of the Opal
  2. At Forty-Eight
  3. Artist and Man
  4. As by Fire
  5. But a Dream


Poems of the other poets with the same name:

  • Philip Bailey Knowledge ("THE KNOWLEDGE OF GOD is the wisdom of man")

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