SPIRITUAL POEMS: “The Narrow Way” by Anne Bronte

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The Narrow Way 

Believe not those who say
The upward path is smooth,
Lest thou shouldst stumble in the way
And faint before the truth.
It is the only road
Unto the realms of joy;
But he who seeks that blest abode
Must all his powers employ.

Bright hopes and pure delights
Upon his course may beam,
And there amid the sternest heights,
The sweetest flowerets gleam; —

On all her breezes borne
Earth yields no scents like those;
But he, that dares not grasp the thorn
Should never crave the rose.

Arm, arm thee for the fight!
Cast useless loads away:
Watch through the darkest hours of night;
Toil through the hottest day.

Crush pride into the dust,
Or thou must needs be slack;
And trample down rebellious lust,
Or it will hold thee back.

Seek not thy treasure here;
Waive pleasure and renown;
The World’s dread scoff undaunted bear,
And face its deadliest frown.

To labour and to love,
To pardon and endure,
To lift thy heart to God above,
And keep thy conscience pure, —

Be this thy constant aim,
Thy hope and thy delight, —
What matters who should whisper blame,
Or who should scorn or slight?

What matters — if thy God approve,
And if within thy breast,
Thou feel the comfort of his love,
The earnest of his rest?

by Anne Bronte

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  1. samba2017 says:

    I love this poem. I have just started reading some of Anne Bronte’s poetry and really enjoy the way she expresses her feelings through writing. Thanks for sharing. I have a poetry blog here on WordPress in case you have time to look? Have a good weekend, Sam 🙂

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    1. Hi Sam! Thank you for reading my blog. Yes, I also enjoy her poetry, and her uplifting spirituality. I will definitely check out your blog as well 🙂 You too, enjoy the week-end! Amira

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      1. samba2017 says:

        Thanks Amira and am happy that we connected x

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