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A person with outward courage dares to die.
A person with inward courage dares to live.
But either of these people
Has a better and a worse side than the other.
And who can tell exactly
To which qualities heaven objects?

Heaven does nothing to win the day:
Says nothing - is echoed,
Orders nothing - is obeyed,
Advises nothing - is right.

And which of us
Seeing that nothing is outside the vast wide-meshed net of heaven
Knows just how it is cast?

Henry Meyerding 2007-01-27