Poems that Inspire the Soul

Poems That Inspire

~My Creed~ 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 Ishow,

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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