Don’t think when you have troubles
That your neighbor goes scot-free
Because he shows a smiling front
And battles cheerfully.
No, Man! He, too, has troubles,
But herein the difference lies,
While you go idly moping round,
The other fellow tries.
Don’t envy other people;
Maybe, if the truth you knew,
You’d find their burdens heavier far
Than is the case with you.
Because a fellow, rain or shine,
Can show a smiling face,
Don’t think you’d have an easier time
If you could take his place.
‘Tis hope and cheery courage
That incite one to retrieve
One’s past mistakes, to start afresh,
To dare and to achieve.
So smile, and if perchance you light
The spark of hope anew
In some poor sad and burdened heart,
All honor be to you.