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SIR EDWIN ARNOLD
English poet and journalist
(1832 - 1904)
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It makes sweet human music,--oh! the spells that haunt the trembling tale a bright-eyed maiden tells!
      - [Women]

Oh, the spells that haunt the trembling tale a bright-eyed maiden tells!
      - [Maidenhood]

Pity makes the world soft to the weak, and noble for the strong.
      - [Pity]

The ordered music of the marching orbs.
      - [Music]

There is no caste in blood.
      - [Blood]

With a bee in every bell,
  Almond bloom, we greet thee well.
      - [Almonds]

Within yourself deliverance must be searched for, because each man makes his own prison.
      - [Salvation]

Almond blossom, sent to teach us
  That the spring days soon will reach us.
      - Almond Blossoms [Almonds]

Blossom of the almond trees,
  April's gift to April's bees.
      - Almond Blossoms [Almonds]

Early violets blue and white
  Dying for their love of light.
      - Almond Blossoms [Violets]

The royal kingcup bold
  Dares not don his coat of gold.
      - Almond Blossoms [Buttercups]

Like a plank of driftwood
  Tossed on the watery main,
    Another plank encountered,
      Meets, touches, parts again;
        So tossed, and drifting ever,
          On life's unresting sea,
            Men meet, and greet, and sever,
              Parting eternally.
      - Book of Good Counsel [Meeting]

He who died at Azan sends
  This to comfort all this friends:
    Faithful friends! It lies I know
      Pale and white and cold as snow;
        And ye say, "Abdallah's dead!"
          Weeping at the feet and head.
            I can see your falling tears,
              I can hear your sighs and prayers;
                Yet I smile and whisper this:
                  I am not the thing you kiss.
                    Cease your tears and let it lie;
                      It was mine--it is not I.
      - He Who Died at Azan [Death]

Life, which all creatures love and strive to keep
  Wonderful, dear and pleasant unto each,
    Even to the meanest; yea, a boon to all
      Where pity is, for pity makes the world
        Soft to the weak and noble for the strong.
      - Light of Asia [Life]

We are the voices of the wandering wind,
  Which moan for rest and rest can never find;
    Lo! as the wind is so is mortal life,
      A moan, a sigh, a sob, a storm, a strife.
      - Light of Asia [Life]

The sunbeams dropped
  Their gold, and, passing in porch and niche,
    Softened to shadows, silvery, pale, and dim,
      As if the very Day paused and grew Eve.
      - Light of Asia (bk. II, l. 466) [Twilight]

Yet who shall shut out Fate?
      - Light of Asia (bk. III, l. 336) [Fate]

That rich celestial music thrilled the air
  From hosts on hosts shining ones, who thronged
    Eastward and westward, making bright the night.
      - Light of Asia (bk. IV, l. 418) [Music]

Making all futures fruits of all the pasts.
      - Light of Asia (bk. V, l. 432)
        [Experience : Future]

That what will come, and must come, shall come well.
      - Light of Asia (bk. V, l. 432) [Future]

The foolish ofttimes teach the wise:
  I strain too much this string of life, belike,
    Meaning to make such music as shall save.
      Mine eyes are dim now that they see the truth,
        My strength is waned now that my need is most;
          Would that I had such help as man must have,
            For I shall die, whose life was all men's hope.
      - Light of Asia (bk. VI, l. 109) [Help]

Pity and need
  Make all flesh kin. There in no caste in blood.
      - Light of Asia (bk. VI, l. 73) [Sympathy]

Who doth right deeds
  Is twice born, and who doeth ill deeds vile.
      - Light of Asia (bk. VI, l. 78) [Deeds]

The Dewdrop slips into the shining sea!
      - Light of Asia (bk. VIII, last line) [Dew]

Somewhere there waiteth in this world of ours
  For one lone soul another lonely soul,
    Each choosing each through all the weary hours,
      And meeting strangely at one sudden goal,
        Then blend they, like green leaves with golden flowers,
          Into one beautiful and perfect whole;
            And life's long night is ended, and the way
              Lies open onward to eternal day.
      - Somewhere There Waiteth [Love]


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