Build on resolve, and not upon regret,
    The structure of thy future. Do not grope
Among the shadows of old sins, but let
    Thine own soul's light shine on the path of hope
And dissipate the darkness. Moist no tears
Upon the blotted record of lost years,
But turn the leaf, and smile, oh, smile, to see
The fair white pages that remain for thee.

Prate not of thy repentance. But believe
    The spark divine dwells in thee: let it grow.
That which the upreaching spirit can achieve
    The grand and all creative forces know;
They will assist and strengthen as the light
Lifts up the acorn to the oak-tree's height.
Thou hast but to resolve, and lo! God's whole
Great universe shall fortify thy soul.

Poems of Passion by Ella Wheeler
Chicago : Belford, Clarke & Co, 1883.

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