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“Terminus” – By Ralph Waldo Emerson

October 20, 2012

As the bird trims her to the gale,
I trim myself to the storm of time,
I man the rudder, reef the sail,
Obey the voice at eve obeyed at prime:
‘Lowly faithful, banish fear,
Right onward drive unharmed;
The port well worth the cruise, is near,
And every wave is charmed.’


These last lines from Ralph Waldo Emerson’s 1867 poem “Terminus” were shared as one of our Grandparents’ and Seniors’ Day quotes at our 8:30 Service on October 14. The video embedded below is of the song “Softly and Tenderly,” taken from the beginning and ending of “Trip to Bountiful,” the moving film about a senior’s yearning to go home.)


Last year’s Grandparents’ and Seniors’ Day postings can be accessed by clicking on the following links:

1. “Grandparents’ Answering Machine”  (;

2. “A Special Moment at the Zoo”  (;

3. “‘Wear Out, Don’t Rust Out’ – By Marilyn Carlson Webber”   (;

4. “Speeding Senior”  (;

5. ‘How are You?’ – By Joseph Leroy Dodds  (;

6. “A Reflection on Becoming Real from The Velveteen Rabbit (; and

7. “Thanksgiving for Grandparents and Seniors”  (

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