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Bi-Weekly Poems: “A Morning Prayer” by Ella Wheeler Wilcox

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Tayler Otten, Staff Writer

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Let me today do something that will take

     A little sadness from the world’s vast store,

And may I be so favored 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 meager by 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 trouble hearts to find.

Let me tonight 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 today.”

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