From The Philosopher’s Stone Poem by Hans Christian Andersen

From The Philosopher’s Stone

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Now she heard the following words sadly sung,—

“Life is a shadow that flits away
In a night of darkness and woe.”

But then would follow brighter thoughts:

“Life has the rose’s sweet perfume
With sunshine, light, and joy.”

And if one stanza sounded painfully—

“Each mortal thinks of himself alone,
Is a truth, alas, too clearly known;”

Then, on the other hand, came the answer—

“Love, like a mighty flowing stream,
Fills every heart with its radiant gleam.”

She heard, indeed, such words as these—

“In the pretty turmoil here below,
All is a vain and paltry show.”

Then came also words of comfort—

“Great and good are the actions done
By many whose worth is never known.”

And if sometimes the mocking strain reached her—

“Why not join in the jesting cry
That contemns all gifts from the throne on high?”

In the blind girl’s heart a stronger voice repeated—

“To trust in thyself and God is best,
In His holy will forever to rest.”

But the evil spirit could not see this and remain contented.

COMMENTS OF THE POEM
Abekah Emmanuel 29 August 2014

How delightful this poem sounds to my heart.....indeed very philosophical!

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Ramesh T A 01 July 2017

Indeed life is alternating between good and bad, darkness and brightness and as he completes it is better one can go steady only if trusts on oneself and God ever! But who cares for the fallen evil ever?

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Kumarmani Mahakul 01 July 2017

This is a beautiful philosophical poem having thrilling expression.Let me quote some touching lines... In the blind girl’s heart a stronger voice repeated— “To trust in thyself and God is best, In His holy will forever to rest.” Thanks and congratulation for the poem of the day.

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Edward Kofi Louis 01 July 2017

That fits away! ! Thanks for sharing.

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M Asim Nehal 27 February 2019

Superb poem, I quote: Love, like a mighty flowing stream, Fills every heart with its radiant gleam

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Dr Antony Theodore 02 November 2018

“Life has the rose’s sweet perfume With sunshine, light, and joy.” Beautiful poem and quote.. thank u. tzony

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Rajnish Manga 01 July 2017

Lovely poem. Philosophical musings- positive and negative sides of life come face to face. Thanks.

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Rajesh Thankappan 01 July 2017

Life has all the ingredients - highs and lows, hopes and despair etc. etc. Liked the poem.

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Hassan Hayati 01 July 2017

a nice piece and I must read it times and times

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