” A Morning Prayer”

Let me today do something that will take a little sadness from the world’s vast store, and may I be so favored as to make of joy’s too scanty sum a little more.

Let me not hurt, by any selfish deed or thoughtless word, the heart of foe or friend. Nor would I pass unseeing worthy need, or sin by silence when I should defend.

However meager be my worldly wealth, let me give something that shall aid my kind- a word of courage, or a thought of health dropped as I pass for troubled hearts to find.

Let me tonight look back across the span ‘Twixt dawn and dark, and to my conscience say- because of some good act to beast or man- “The world is better that I lived today.”

Ella Wheeler Wilcox