D E S
I D E R A T A
Goes Hand-In-Hand With
Witch and Wizards Oath "
In Life's name, and for Life's sake,
I say that I will use the Art for
nothing but the service of Life.
I will guard growth and ease pain.
I will fight to preserve what grows
and lives well in its own way;
and I will change no object or
creature unless its growth and life,
or that of the system of which
it is part, are threatened.
To these ends, in the practice of my Art,
I will put aside fear for courage,
and death for life, when it is
right to do so---till Universe's end.
Ishtars Book of Shadows
D E S
I D E R A T A
the noise and the haste, and remember what peace there may be in
silence. As far as possible without surrender be on good terms
with all persons. Speak
your truth quietly and clearly; listen to others, even to the dull
and the ignorant; they too have their story. Avoid loud and aggressive persons, they are
vexations to the spirit. If you compare yourself with others, you
may become vain and bitter; for always there will be greater and
lesser persons than yourself. Enjoy your achievements as well as your plans. Keep interested in your own career, however
humble; it is a real possession in the changing fortunes of time.
Exercise caution in your
business affairs; for the world is full of trickery. But let this
not blind you to what virtue there is; many persons strive for
high ideals; and everywhere life is full of heroism. Be yourself. Especially, do not feign
affection. Neither be cynical about love; for in the face of all
aridity and disenchantment it is perennial as the grass.
Take kindly the counsel of the
years, gracefully surrendering the things of youth. Nurture strength of spirit to shield you in
sudden misfortune. But do not distress yourself with imaginings.
Many fears are born of fatigue and loneliness. Beyond a wholesome discipline, be gentle with
yourself. You are a
child of the universe, no less then the trees and the stars; you
have a right to be here. And whether or not it is clear to you, no doubt the universe
is unfolding as it should. Therefore be at peace with God, whatever you conceive Him to
be, and whatever your labors and aspirations, in the noisy
confusions of life keep peace with your soul. With all its sham, drudgery and broken dreams,
it is still a beautiful world.
Be cheerful. Strive to
Penned by Max Ehrmann, 1927
Desiderata was not found in a church.
It was penned by Max
Ehrmann in 1927.
The present owner of the copyright:
Robert L. Bell,
669 Main Street,
Tel. (617) 665-4998
This prose poem,
was written by Max Ehrmann
in Terre Haute,
Indiana in the early 1920's.
In 1921, Max Ehrmann wrote in his
"I should like, if I could, to leave a humble
bit of chaste prose that had
caught up some noble moods."
Desiderata. Thank you Mr. Ehrmann.
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