Success

Success
By Bessie Anderson Stanley (1904)

He has achieved success
who has lived well, laughed often, and loved much;

who has enjoyed the trust of pure women;
the respect of intelligent men and the love of little children;

who has filled his niche and accomplished his task;

who has left the world better than he found it
whether by an improved poppy, a perfect poem or a rescued soul;

who has never lacked appreciation of Earth’s beauty or failed to express it;

who has always looked for the best in others and given them the best he had;

whose life was an inspiration; whose memory a benediction.

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