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February 23rd, 2013

46.1 When the world has the Way,
       running horses are retired to till the fields.
       When the world lacks the Way,
       war-horses are bred in the countryside.
46.2 No crime is greater than discontent,
       no fault is greater than possessiveness.
46.3 So the satisfaction of contentment is always enough.

Tao Teh Ching - Cleary Translation

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Poetry Chaikhana | Francis of Assisi - The Canticle of Brother Sun

Praise to my Lord for those seeking your love,
      who discover within themselves forgiveness,
      rejecting neither frailty nor sorrow.
Enduring in serenity, they are blessed,
For they shall be crowned by your hand, Most High.

  (Fragment translated by Ivan M. Granger)
Be still, my soul: the Lord is on thy side.
Bear patiently the cross of grief or pain.
Leave to thy God to order and provide;
In every change, He faithful will remain.
Be still, my soul: thy best, thy heavenly Friend
Through thorny ways leads to a joyful end.

Be still, my soul: thy God doth undertake
To guide the future, as He has the past.
Thy hope, thy confidence let nothing shake;
All now mysterious shall be bright at last.
Be still, my soul: the waves and winds still know
His voice who ruled them while He dwelt below.

Be still, my soul: the hour is hastening on
When we shall be forever with the Lord.
When disappointment, grief and fear are gone,
Sorrow forgot, love’s purest joys restored.
Be still, my soul: when change and tears are past
All safe and blessèd we shall meet at last.

(Sung to Finlandia)

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