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The Poet's Corner - 'Wishing' - January 22, 2017

 

 The Poet's Corner

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'Wishing'

by Ella Wheeler Wilcox

 

Do you wish the world were better?

Let me tell what to do ...

Set a watch upon your actions,

Keep them always straight and true.

Rid you 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.


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