~ My Symphony ~

      To live content with small means;
      to seek elegance rather than luxury,
      and refinement rather than fashion;
      to be worthy, not respectable,
      and wealthy, not rich;
      to study hard, think quietly,
      talk gently, act frankly;
      to listen to stars and birds,
      to babes and sages,
      with open heart;
      to bear all cheerfully, do all bravely,
      await occasions, hurry never.

      In a word, to let the spiritual,
      unbidden and unconscious,
      grow up through the common.
      This is to be my symphony.

William Ellery Channing
(1780 - 1842)

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