It’s become a little cliché–it’s hard to bounce back from being printed on a million tea towels–but The Desiderata is full of beauty and wisdom.
The poem is often alleged to have been found in a Baltimore church in 1692 and to be of unknown origin. Not so, it was written around 1920 by lawyer Max Ehrmann (1872-1945) of Terre Haute, Indiana. The myth started when the Reverend Frederick Kates reproduced the poem in a collection of inspirational works in 1959. He used church notepaper, headed: “The Old St Paul’s Church, Baltimore, AD 1692″ (the year the church was founded).
You don’t need to be an Einstein to figure out the rest.
Whatever the history of The Desiderata, Max Ehrmann’s poem offers a positive credo for life. It’s been sneered at by the literati and no doubt been published on a thousand blogs, but here it is once more just because I like it:
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