THERE WILL ALWAYS BE SOMETHING TO DO
An old lady, famous for her ability
to find in other people traits that she could commend,
was challenged to say a good word for the devil.
After a moment’s hesitation she answered, “You
must at least give him credit for being industrious.”
Perhaps it is this superactivity of Satan that causes
beings less wickedly inclined to have such scope for
the exercise of their qualities. Certain it is
that nobody need hang back from want of something
to do, to promote, to assail, to protect, to endure,
or to sympathize with.
There will always be something to do,
There will always be wrongs
There will always be need for a manly
And men unafraid to fight.
There will always be honor to guard, my
There will always be hills
And tasks to do, and battles new
From now till the end of time.
There will always be dangers to face,
There will always be goals
Men shall be tried, when the roads divide,
And proved by the choice they
There will always be burdens to bear,
There will always be need
There will always be tears through the
As loved ones are borne away.
There will always be God to serve, my
And always the Flag above;
They shall call to you until life is through
For courage and strength and
So these are things that I dream, my boy,
And have dreamed since your
That whatever befalls, when the old world
It shall find you a sturdy
Edgar A. Guest.
From “The Path to Home.”