If! O Lord God, Please Let It Happen
If I can throw a single ray of light across the darkened pathway of
if I can aid some soul to clearer sight of life and duty, and thus
bless my brother;
if I can wipe from any human cheek a tear, I shall not have lived my
life in vain while here.
If I can guide some erring one to truth, inspire within his heart a
sense of duty;
if I can plant within my soul of rosy youth a sense of right, a love
of truth and beauty;
if I can teach one man that God and heaven are near, I shall not then
have lived in vain while here.
If from my mind I banish doubt and fear, and keep my life attuned to
love and kindness;
if I can scatter light and hope and cheer, and help remove the curse
of mental blindness;
if I can make more joy, more hope, less pain, I shall not have lived
and loved in vain.
If by life's roadside I can plant a tree, beneath whose shade some
wearied head may rest, though I may never share its beauty, I shall
yet be truly blest -- though no one knows my name, nor drops a flower
upon my grave, I shall not have lived in vain while here.
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