Morning Prayer

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by Ella Wheeler Wilcox

   Let me to-day do something that shall take
      A little sadness from the world’s vast store,
   And may I be so favoured as to make
      Of joy’s too scanty sum a little more
   Let me not hurt, by any selfish deed
      Or thoughtless word, the heart of foe or friend;
   Nor would I pass, unseeing, worthy need,
      Or sin by silence when I should defend.
   However meagre be my worldly wealth,
      Let me give something that shall aid my kind—
   A word of courage, or a thought of health,
      Dropped as I pass for troubled hearts to find.
   Let me to-night look back across the span
      ’Twixt dawn and dark, and to my conscience say—
   Because of some good act to beast or man—
      “The world is better that I lived to-day.”

by Ella Wheeler Wilcox

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