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Friday 10 July 2009 3.11pm
Just printed this lovely poem off for a friend, and told her it was from 17th century, then read one site said it was composed by some Max man?

does anyone know when it was really written/discovered?
Friday 10 July 2009 5.40pm
Blimey, I'll ask the Professor he's sure to know.,
Friday 10 July 2009 6.19pm
Yet, in spite of the fame of Desiderata, few people seem to know the true story of its origins. In fact, many people think, mistakenly, that it was written in the 17th century and inscribed on a wall at St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Baltimore. How surprised they are to learn that it was actually written in 1927 by a stocky, middle-aged, Indiana attorney named Max Ehrmann.
Saturday 11 July 2009 1.21pm
I'd have guessed The Reverend J.C. Flannel.

"Be yourself. Especially do not feign affection"

is simply expressed, tho compare

"This above all: to thine own self be true,
And it must follow, as the night the day,
Thou canst not then be false to any man."

Lines like:

"You are a child of the universe no less than the trees and the stars;
you have a right to be here. And whether or not it is clear to you,
no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should"

are dire. Dire.

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