You With the Still Soul

Maybe you have a still soul that goes murmurless like the water in the deep of rivers;

And perchance you wander silent amid the din of the world’s grinding barter like one journeying in strange lands.

You, too, with the still soul, have your mission, for beneath the dashing, noisy waves must ever run the silent waters that give the tide its course.

Max Ehrmann (1872-1945) was a scholar and poet, born in Terre Haute, Indiana. He was the youngest of five children of German immigrants who both emigrated from Bavaria in the 1840s. Ehrmann graduated from DePauw University in Greencastle, Indiana in 1894, and then studied law and philosophy at Harvard University.

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