"Love Thyself Last"

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by Ella Wheeler Wilcox

   Love thyself last. Look near, behold thy duty
      To those who walk beside thee down life’s road.
   Make glad their days by little acts of beauty
      And help them bear the burden of earth’s load.

   Love thyself last. Look far and find the stranger
      Who staggers ’neath his sin and his despair;
   Go, lend a hand, and lead him out of danger,
      To heights where he may see the world is fair.

   Love thyself last. The vastnesses above thee
      Are filled with Spirit-Forces; strong and pure
   And fervently these faithful friends shall love thee
      Keep thou thy watch o’er others and endure.

   Love thyself last, and oh! such joy shall thrill thee
      As never yet to selfish souls was given;
   Whate’er thy lot, a perfect peace will fill thee,
      And earth shall seem the ante-room of Heaven.

   Love thyself last, and thou shalt grow in spirit
      To see, to hear, to know, and understand.
   The message of the stars, lo, thou shalt hear it,
      And all God’s joys shall be at thy command.

by Ella Wheeler Wilcox

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