Sir Edwin Arnold

The Light of Asia

"Pray not, the Darkness will not brighten! Ask

Nought from the Silence, for it cannot speak!

Vex not your mournful minds with pious pains!

Ah, Brothers, Sisters, seek

Nought from the helpless gods by gift and hymn,

Nor bribe with blood, nor feed with fruit and cakes;

Within yourself deliverance must be sought;

Each man his prison makes."