My Creed

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Edgar A. Guest

To live as gently as I can; 
To be, no matter where, a man; 
To take what comes of good or ill, 
And cling to faith and honor still;

To do my best, and let that stand 
The record of my brain and hand; 
And then, should failure come to me, 
Still work and hope for victory.

To have no secret place wherein 
I stoop unseen to shame or sin; 
To be the same when I'm alone 
As when my every deed is known;

To live undaunted, unafraid 
Of any step that I have made; 
To be without pretense or sham 
Exactly what men think I am.

To leave some simple work behind 
To keep my having lived in mind; 
If enmity to aught I show, 
To be an honest, generous foe;

To play my little part, nor whine 
That greater honors are not mine. 
This I believe is all I need 
For my philosophy and creed.