REPLIES

You have lived long and learned the secret of life, O Seer!
Tell me what are the best three thing to seek--
The best three things for a man to seek on earth?

The best three things for a man to seek, O Son! are these:
Reverence for that great source from whence he came;
Work for the world wherein he finds himself,
And knowledge of the realm toward which he goes.

What are the best three things to love on earth, O Seer!--
What are the best three things for a man to love?

The best three things for a man to love, O Son! are these:
Labor which keeps his forces all in action;
A home wherein no evil thing may enter,
And a loving woman with God in her heart.

What are the three great sins to shun, O Seer!--
What are the three great sins for a man to shun?

The three great sins for a man to shun, O Son! are these:
A thought which soils the heart from whence it goes;
An action which can harm a living thing,
And undeveloped energies of mind.

What are the worst three things to fear, O Seer!--
What are the worst three things for a man to fear?

The worst three things for a man to fear, O Son! are these:
Doubt and suspicion in a young child's eyes;
Accusing shame upon a woman's face,
And in himself no consciousness of God.

World Voices by Ella Wheeler Wilcox
New York : Hearst's International Library Company 1916.


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