I would be true, for there are those who trust me;
I would be pure, for there are those who care;
I would be strong, for there is much to suffer;
I would be brave, for there is much to dare.
I would be friend of all - the foe, the friendless;
I would be giving, and forget the gift.
I would be humble, for I know my weakness;
I would look up - and laugh - and love - and lift.
To be honest, to be kind -- to earn a little and to spend a little less,
to make upon the whole a family happier for his presence,
to renounce when that shall be necessary and not be embittered,
to keep a few friends, but these without capitulation -- above all,
on the same grim condition, to keep friends with himself
-- here is a task for all that a man has of fortitude and delicacy.
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