Tuesday, September 6, 2011


William Henry Channing (May 25, 1810 – December 23, 1884) was an American Unitarian clergyman, writer and philosopher. Boston-born, the Harvard Divinity School graduate was a member of the Transcendental Club, and the Chaplain of the United States House of Representatives. Among his inspirational writings--‘Symphony’ is the best known:

‘To live content with small means; to seek elegance rather than luxury, and refinement rather than fashion; to be worthy, not respectable, and wealthy, not rich; to listen to stars and birds, babes and sages, with open heart; to study hard; to think quietly, act frankly, talk gently, await occasions, hurry never; in a word, to let the spiritual, unbidden and unconscious, grow up through the common -- this is my symphony.’

Thought Camille Saint-Saens’ ‘The Swan’ corresponds with it perfectly. (Above images: Google)

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