• "Desire" by Helen Hoyt
  • A Ride for Liberty—The Fugitive Slaves
  • Introduction
  • Chapter 1: Humanistic Thinking
  • Chapter 2: Growth, Obstacles, and Grit
  • Chapter 3: Individual, Collective, and Identity
  • Chapter 4: Time, Memory, and Impermanence
  • Ontological Exploration on Virtue 1
  • Chapter 5: Life, Death, and Loss
  • Chapter 6: Faith, Knowledge, and Inquiry
  • Chapter 7: Freedom, Law, and Responsibility
  • Ontological Exploration on Virtue 2
  • Chapter 8: Truth, Error, and Perception
  • Chapter 9: Strength, Humility, and Meekness
  • Chapter 10: Talent, Skill, and Creativity
  • Epilogue
  • Translations
  • "Desire" by Helen Hoyt

    Once you were always calling me,
    Calling me when I could not answer,
    Urging me where I could not follow—
    So that I wished I had been born without desire,
    As a stone.

    But now many days you have left me.
    And in the silence I have learned your meaning.

    For a part of me is gone when you are gone;
    I am less
    And the world is less.

    O let me have my longing back again!
    Now gladly I will bear it;
    Gladly I will hold it to me,
    Though without release;

    For what would be the pride of the sun itself
    With its light gone?
    O kindle me again, desire.
    Return to me.

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