Things Requisite

HAVE a tear for the wretched, a smile for the glad;

For the worthy, applause, an excuse for the bad;

Some help for the needy, some pity for those

Who stray from the path, where true happiness flows.

Have a laugh for the child, in her play at thy feet;

Have respect for the aged, and pleasantly greet

The stranger that seeketh, for shelter from thee

Have a covering to spare, if he naked should be.

Have a hope in thy sorrow, a calm in thy joy;

Have a work that is worthy, thy life to employ;

And, oh! Above all things on this side the sod,

Have peace with thy conscience, and peace with thy God.