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John Greenleaf Whittier

Oriental Maxims: The Inward Judge

From Institutes of Manu

The soul itself its awful witness is.

Say not in evil doing, "No one sees,"

And so offend the conscious One within,

Whose ear can hear the silences of sin

Ere they find voice, whose eyes unsleeping see

The secret motions of iniquity.

Nor in thy folly say, "I am alone."

For, seated in thy heart, as on a throne,

The ancient Judge and Witness liveth still,

To note thy act and thought; and as thy ill

Or good goes from thee, far beyond thy reach,

The solemn Doomsman's seal is set on each.