Wishing

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by Ella Wheeler Wilcox

   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.

by Ella Wheeler Wilcox

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