by Jessie Brown Pounds (1861-1921)
He followed his dream, and men counted it madness;
He followed his dream up the mountain’s steep side.
“See! Here in the valley are music and gladness;
Why take the highway, the hard way?” they cried.
At length from above them we heard a faint calling.
His scorners turned quickly from feasting and play
To look to the mountain height, grim and appalling.
“The luck of a fool! –he has treasure!” said they.
With ropes and with staves, they toiled after and found him
Midway of the mountain, his treasures outspread.
“Let us share them!” they clamored, pressed rudely around him.
“Take all–it is yours; I go higher,” he said.
I asked the Master for the secret Ingredient;
He smiled at me and said, “Be obedient.”
From Alpha to Omega, Truth is broken and scattered;
From here to Alpha it comes together again.
It’s the role of the sage to restore what they may,
So what is seen is more purely from Then.
I’ve been reading this book: God and the Ancient Chinese by Samuel Wang. While I have not finished it yet, it provoked me to check out some of the Chinese classics after Mr. Wang suggested that Laozi may have been one of the early prophets for the Chinese people.
Laozi (or Lao Tzu) is the generally accepted author of the 5,000 word Tao Te Ching, which is believed to have been written between the fourth and sixth centuries BC. The full translated text can be found here (free).