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John Greenleaf Whittier (1807–1892).  The Poetical Works in Four Volumes.  1892.
Religious Poems
Oriental Maxims
Paraphrase of Sanscrit Translations

The Inward Judge
From Institutes of Manu

THE SOUL itself its awful witness is.
Say not in evil doing, “No one sees,”
And so offend the conscious One within,
Whose ear can hear the silences of sin
Ere they find voice, whose eyes unsleeping see        5
The secret motions of iniquity.
Nor in thy folly say, “I am alone.”
For, seated in thy heart, as on a throne,
The ancient Judge and Witness liveth still,
To note thy act and thought; and as thy ill        10
Or good goes from thee, far beyond thy reach,
The solemn Doomsman’s seal is set on each.
Laying up Treasure
From the Mahàbhárata

BEFORE the Ender comes, whose charioteer
Is swift or slow Disease, lay up each year
Thy harvests of well-doing, wealth that kings        15
Nor thieves can take away. When all the things
Thou callest thine, goods, pleasures, honors fall,
Thou in thy virtue shalt survive them all.
From the Mahàbhárata

HEED how thou livest. Do no act by day
Which from the night shall drive thy peace away.        20
In months of sun so live that months of rain
Shall still be happy. Evermore restrain
Evil and cherish good, so shall there be
Another and a happier life for thee.

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