My Symphony by William Ellery Channing

My Symphony
William Ellery Channing

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, birds, 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.

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One thought on “My Symphony by William Ellery Channing

  1. Wow…this is nice…should be MY symphony too…but it sounds just like YOU…good thoughts Dar. Oh, the picture fits perfectly!

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