The Measure of a Man
Not "How did he
die?" But "How did he live?"
Not "What did he gain?" But "What did he
Not "What was his station?" But "Had he a
And "How did he play his God-given part?"
Not "What was his shrine?" Nor "What was his
But "Had he befriended those really in need?"
Not "What did the piece in the newspaper say?"
But "How many were sorry when he passed away?"
Was he ever ready with a word or good cheer,
To bring back a smile, to banish a tear?
These are the units to measure the worth
Of a man as a man, regardless of birth.