The world is full of selfishness and greed.
Lord, I would lave its sin.
Yea, mortal, earth of thy good help has need.
Go cleanse thyself within.
Mine ear is hurt by harsh and evil speech.
I would reform men’s ways.
There is but one convincing way to teach.
Speak thou but words of praise.
On every hand is wretchedness and grief,
Despondency and fear.
Lord, I would give my fellow men relief.
Be, then, all hope, all cheer.
Lord, I look outward and grow sick at heart,
Such need of change I see.
Mortal, look in. Do thy allotted part,
And leave the rest to me.
- Author and poet
- Born November 5th, 1850 in Johnstown, Wisconsin and died October 30th, 1919
- Famous line in poetry: "Laugh, and the world laughs with you; Weep, and you weep alone."