my symphony


To live content with small means;
to seek elegance rather than luxury,
and refinement rather than fashion;
to be worthy, not respectable,
and wealthy, not rich;
to study hard, think quietly,
talk gently, act frankly;

to listen to stars and birds,
to babes and sages, with open heart;
to bear all cheerfully, do all bravely,
await occasions, hurry never;
in a word to let the spiritual,
unbidden and unconscious,
grow up through the common --

this is to be my symphony.

William Henry Channing

(May 25, 1810 – December 23, 1884)
was an American Unitarian clergyman, writer and philosopher.
born in Boston, Massachusetts.
Channing took active part in the early years of the woman’s rights movement.
In 1857, Channing succeeded James Martineau as minister of the Hope Street Unitarian Chapel, Liverpool, England.
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