IF you're told to do a thing,

And mean to do it really, 

Never let it be by halves;

Do it fully, freely.

When father calls, though pleasant be

The play you are pursuing, 

Do not say, "I'll come when I

Have finished what I'm doing."

If you are told to learn a task,

And you should begin it, 

Do not tell your teacher, "Yes,

I'm coming in a minute."

Waste not moments nor your words 

In telling what you could do

Some other time; the present is 

For doing what you should do.

Don't do right unwillingly, 

And stop to plan and measure;

'T is working with a heart and soul 

That makes our duty pleasure.


Phoebe Cary.