Jul 04, 2009
It is easy enough to be pleasant ,when life flows along like a song,
But the man worth while is one who will smile when everything goes dead wrong.
For the test of the heart is trouble, and it always comes with the years,
and the smile that is worth the praises of earth, is the smile that shines through tears.
It is easy enough to be prudent, when nothing tempts you to stray,
when without 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 on earth is the one that resists desire
By the cynic, the sad, the fallen, who had no strength for the strife,
The 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.
“Ella Wheeler Wilcox”