is easy enough to be pleasant, when life flows by like a song,
But the man
worthwhile is one who will smile, when everything goes dead wrong;
test of the heart is trouble, and it always comes with the years,
smile that is worth the praises of earth is the smile that shines through tears.
is easy enough to be prudent, When nothing tempts you to stray,
or within, no voice of sin Is luring your soul away;
But it's only a negative
virtue Until it is tried by fire,
And the life that is worth the honor of
earth Is the one that resists desire.
the cynic, the sad, the fallen who had no strength for the strife,
world's highway is cumbered today; they make up the sum of life;
But the virtue
that conquers passion, and the sorrow that hides in a smile,
It is these that
are worth the homage on earth, for we find them but once in a while.
Wheeler Wilcox (1850 1919)