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I Call That Mind Free


I call that mind free1
that sets no bounds to love1
captured in a narrow creed.2
I call that mind free
Helping ourselves to see3
eternal fire, pure love.4
I call that mind free
that sets no bounds to love.

1 William Ellery Channing
2William Schulz
3Adlai Stevenson
4Madame De la Motte Guyon


Form R: Triolet
Trigger 5: Cento #1 lines from famous speeches (Selected Unitarian Universalists)


"I call that mind free which guards its intellectual rights and powers, which

* does not content itself with a passive or hereditary faith,
* opens itself to receive new truth as an angel from heaven,
* is not the creature of accidental impulse,
* does not cower to human opinion,
* which resists the bondage of habit,
* sets no bounds to its love,
* delights in virtue and sympathizes with suffering,
* casts out all fear save that of wrongdoing."
- William Ellery Channing


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