As Long As You Can Live With

As long as you can live with honour of pride
Doesn't matter your place in the social divide
To live as a good person you try the best you can
That is all one can ask of any woman or man.

You may be almost anonymous in your side of the town
But if in your words you never put anyone down
Or at the expense of others never try to seek self gain
Your pride and your dignity you can retain.

If you believe it is proper to treat people well
And never wish for anyone an Earthly Hell
And that others too have feelings you do realize
So blessed are those with the gift to empathize.

As long as to your higher self you are true
And pay to others the respect they are due
Though you may be living close to poverty
You surely are an asset to humanity.

by Francis Duggan

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