Withdraw, be silent and conceal
The dreams you hold and what you feel.
Within your soul in stillness let
Your inner visions rise and set
Like stars at night in their commute:
Pay homage to them—and be mute.
How can the soul its truth impart?
How can another know your heart
Or comprehend the path you ply?
A thought once uttered is a lie;
Disturb the wells and you pollute:
Drink deeply of them—and be mute.
To live within yourself aspire;
Your soul contains a world entire,
Where hidden mystic thoughts abound;
In noise abroad such thoughts are drowned,
And daylight will their force dilute:
Attend their singing—and be mute!