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Yesterday is a dream, tomorrow but a vision. But today well lived makes every yesterday a dream of happiness, and every tomorrow a vision of hope. Look well, therefore to this day.
As far and wide the vernal breeze Sweet odours waft from blooming trees, So, too, the grateful savour spreads To distant lands of virtuous deeds.
Men soon the faults of others learn, A few their virtues, too, find out; But is there one?I have a doubt? Who can his own defects discern?
Most men the good they have despise, And blessings which they have not prize: In winter, wish for summer?s glow, In summer, long for winter?s snow.
Those noble men who falsehood dread In wealth and glory ever grow, As flames with greater brightness glow With oil in ceaseless flow when fed.
A wise man takes a step at a time; he establishes one foot before he takes up the other: an old place should not be forsaken recklessly.
He only does not live in vain Who all the means within his reach Employs?his wealth, his thought, his speech? T?advance the weal of other men.
In one short verse I here express The sum of tomes of sacred lore: Beneficence is righteousness, Oppression?s sin?s malignant core.
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