So May One Do Good That Does No Good

Music: It Always Rains in England. Based on a chorale by J.S. Bach.
By Ergo Phizmiz. Performed by Ergo Phizmiz at the Free Music Archive
under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-Share Alike license.

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So may one do good that does no good
In ways that can be cataloged and measured.
X-rays of the heart show what one would,
Though a thousand protests be withstood.
Yet the act itself is to be treasured.

Each act becomes a word, a poem, a song
In which one writes one's message to one's time,
Giving one's reply to right and wrong,
Having peacefully not gone along,
The bearer of a promise and a sign.

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