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I have tried to understand the meaning and the ultimate of life,

Why there' s so much less of beauty and so much more of strife;

I have looked to find the answer in the darkness of the night,

And in the noontime fullness when the sun was shining bright;

I sought to know the reason why there's so much less of mirth,

When the world's brimful of laughter in the wonder of the earth;

I have tried to understand the meaning and the status of the word,

I have sought for peace and comfort by appealing to the Lord;

Yet I know not how or why or the wherefore of our being,

Nor if a true God made us,

why short‑sightedness of seeing.

Why the hatred and aversion,

why the wrong against the right,

Why should man be ever striving,

why the darkness 'gainst the light,

Why the path of life is crooked,

why the mind is oft enmeshed

In a dark,

unending late' rinth where wild terrors seem unleashed,

Why the soul cries out in anguish,

why stripped naked,

none to care,

Why the grov'ling in the cesspool of the deep and dark despair,

Why the agony and the torture,

Why all thought of worldly gain,

What' s the meaning of the anguish,

and the night of mental strain,

Why the contest,

why the struggle,

Why contend and why to win,

Why the hurt,

why discomfort,

why the sinking into sin,

Why the helpless agitation,

why the constant fear and dread,

Why the hurting and the killing just to earn our daily bread.

I have listened to the voices of the spirit‑world at night,

I have sensed their very presence through the darkness and the light,

I have felt them in the ether wafted through the astral plane,

I have sought them in the spirit,

when I slept,

to wake again;

I have sought to find the answers that would give my heart relief,

I have looked but failed to find them,

in blind faith,

a new belief,

And still I go on seeking in a search that never ends,

Seeking one with understanding,

one who comprehends.

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