CEASE AND BEGIN

"Cease ye," Isaiah said, "from man, whose breathIs in his nostrils." Cease you from that manWhose origin is dust, whose end is death.Time-hampered years his intervening span.Identify man no longer as a chanceDream object of self-pity and of pride;Victim of matter, slave of circumstance,Accused erroneously, arrested, tried,Unfairly sentenced; having no redressIn his constricted, gloomy finityCease you, and seek the range of boundlessness,Forever measure of divinity.Cease, and begin to know yourself: the son,Authentic utterance, of the illimitable One.

Lillian M. Carter

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