DO YOU wish the world were better?
Let me tell you what to do.
Set a watch upon your actions,
    Keep them always straight and true.
Rid your mind of selfish motives,
    Let your thoughts be clean and high.
You can make a little Eden
    Of the sphere you occupy.

Do you wish the world were wiser?
    Well, suppose you make a start
By accumulating wisdom
    In the scrapbook of your heart
Do not waste one page on folly;
    Live to learn and learn to live.
If you want to give men knowledge
    You must get it, ere you give.

Do you wish the world were happy?
    Then remember day by day
Just to scatter seeds of kindness
    As you pass along the way,
For the pleasures of the many
    May be ofttimes traced to one,
As the hand that plants an acorn
    Shelters armies from the sun.


The Evening Bulletin [Philadelphia] 27 Jan. 1902: 7.

Courtesy of John M. Freiermuth.

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