Gateway to the Classics: The Golden Ladder Book by E. Hershey Sneath
The Golden Ladder Book by  E. Hershey Sneath

Deeds of Kindness

Suppose the little Cowslip

Should hang its golden cup

And say, "I'm such a tiny flower

I'd better not grow up!"

How many a weary traveler

Would miss its fragrant smell,

How many a little child would grieve

To lose it from the dell!

Suppose the glistening Dew-drop

Upon the grass should say,

"What can a little dew-drop do?

I'd better roll away!"

The blade on which it rested,

Before the day was done,

Without a drop to moisten it,

Would wither in the sun.

Suppose the little Breezes,

Upon a summer's day,

Should think themselves too small to cool

The traveler on his way;

Who would not miss the smallest

And softest ones that blow,

And think they made a great mistake

If they were acting so?

How many deeds of kindness

A little child can do,

Altliough it has but little strength

And little wisdom too!

It wants a loving spirit

Much more than strength, to prove

How many things a child may do

For others by its love.

Epes Sargent

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