Being and Doing

Being and Doing – 1 May – Nobleness

Being and Doing – 1 May – Nobleness

For this true nobleness I seek in vain.

In woman and in man I find it not.

I almost weary of my earthly lot.

My life springs are dried up with burning pain.

Thou findest it not?   I pray thee look again.

Look inward through the depths of thine own soul.

How is it with thee?   Art thou sound and whole?

Doth narrow search show thee no earthly stain?

Be noble!  And the nobleness that lies

In other men, sleeping, but never dead, 

Will rise in majesty to meet thine own.

Then wilt thou see it gleam in many eyes.

Then will pure light around thy path be shed, 

And thou wilt never more be sad or lone.


As I am, so I see.



These quotes are from ‘Being and Doing’ A selection of helpful thoughts from various authors arranged for daily reading.

Collected by Constance M Whishaw and first published in 1908 for members of the Being and Doing Guild whose object is to do all they can for the relief of suffering and misery.

Most of the writers are 19th Century Christians from Britain and Europe who were committed to living their faith through deeds as well as words – Being AND Doing.

For many years these words have kept me company and encouraged me on the journey of faith.  I hope they will encourage others also.

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