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by Ella Wheeler Wilcox
From Poems of Experience (1917)

If one proves weak who you fancied strong,
   Or false who you fancied true,
Just ease the smart of your wounded heart
   By the thought that it is not you!

If many forget a promise made,
   And your faith falls into the dust,
Then look meanwhile in your mirror and smile,
   And say, ‘I am one to trust!’

If you search in vain for an ageing face
   Unharrowed by fretful fears,
Then make right now (and keep) a vow
   To grow in grace with the years.

If you lose your faith in the word of man
   As you go from the port of youth,
Just say as you sail, ‘I will not fail
   To keep to the course of truth!’

For this is the way, and the only way -
   At least so it seems to me.
It is up to you, to be, and do,
   What you look for in others. See?

from Poems of Experience by Ella Wheeler Wilcox (1917)

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