There lies in the center of each man's heart
A longing and love for the good and pure;
And if but an atom, or larger part,
I tell you this shall endure, endure
After the body has gone to decay.
Yea, after the universe passes away.
The longer I live and the more I see
Of the struggle of souls toward the heights above,
The stronger this truth comes home to me,
That the Universe rests on the shoulders of Love,
A love so limitless, deep and broad
That men have renamed it and called it God.
And nothing that ever was born or evolved,
Nothing created by light or force,
But deep in its system there lies dissolved
A shining drop from the Great Love source;
A shining drop that shall live for aye,
Though kingdoms may perish and stars decay.
--Ella Wheeler Wilcox.
The Evening Bulletin [Philadelphia] 5 Jan. 1906: 7.
Courtesy of John M. Freiermuth.
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