My Own Song

What if my song be such a simple songThat I, forgetting 'tis my own,May tempted be to one of loftier rangeOnly to find it rings not true in tone!What if the worldling's sneer should seek to checkThe song that wells up in my heart,And those I hold most dearThink, in these testing times,It has no part!Yet will I sing the song that is my own,And as I sing, with clearer, freer tone,Perhaps the love therein expressedMay comfort bring to some sad breast;Its note of warm compassion freeOne bound by sin, satiety;The gleam of truth it longs to bringMay help some burdened heart to sing,And in its train a vision brightOf man's dominion and his true birthrightOf Life and Truth and Love divine,That ever on his pathway shine.Who knows, my simple song may beAn inspirational melodyTransmuted by Love's alchemyInto a glowing rhapsodyOf health and hope and harmony!

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