A Simple Recipe

To be a wholly worthy man,
As you, my boy, would like to be, —
This is to show you how you can —
This simple recipe: —

Be honest — both in word and act,
Be strictly truthful through and through:
Fact can not fail. — You stick to fact,
And fact will stick to you.

Be clean — outside and in, and sweep
Both hearth and heart and hold them bright;
Wear snowy linen — aye, and keep
Your conscience snowy-white.

Do right, your utmost — good must come
To you who do your level-best —
Your very hopes will help you some,
And work will do the rest.
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