"Let me do my work each day;
and if the darkened hours of despair overcome me,
that comforted me in the desolation of other times.
May I still remember the bright hours that found me walking
over the silent hills of my childhood,
when a light glowed within me,
and I promised my early God to have courage amid the
tempests of the changing years.
Spare me from bitterness and from the sharp passions of unguarded moments.
Though the world knows me not, may my thoughts and actions
be such as shall keep me friendly with myself.
Lift up my eyes from the earth,
Forbid that I should judge others lest I condemn myself.
Let me not follow the clamor of the world,
Give me a few friends who will love me for what I am;
And though age and infirmity overtake me,
teach me still to be thankful for life,
- Max Ehrmann