Thought for life

My Creed

By Edgar A. Guest

To live as gently as I can;

To be, no matter where, a man;

To take what comes of good or ill

And cling to faith and honor still;

To do my best, and let that stand

The record of my brain and hand;

And then, should failure come to me,

Still work and hope for victory.

To have no secret place wherein

I stoop unseen to shame or sin;

To be the same when I’m alone

As when my every deed is known

To live undaunted, unafraid

Of any step that I have made;

To be without pretense or sham

Exactly what men think I am.

To leave some simple mark behind

To keep my having lived in mind,

If enmity to aught I show,

To be an honest, generous foe,

To play my little part, nor whine

That greater honors are not mine.

This, I believe, is all I need

For my philosophy and creed.

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  • A positive message holding honesty in high regard and applies equally to both sexes :-)

  • I love this and will look out for more from Edgar A Guest, it reminds me of 'The impossible Dream' thank you Dorlock :) xxx

  • What a lovely sentiment, & a timely blog

    Thank you Dorlock

    Karen

    xxx

  • Never too old to learn from this lovely poem. Thank you

  • Excellent prose

    KOTC

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