Altruism

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Altruism
by William Wood
Re-published in the 1899 "Book Lovers' Verse

When a book is packed with truth,
Never leave it on the shelf;
Pass it onward to your friends,
Having mastered it yourself.

If you have a friend indeed,
And you love him as a brother,
Do not keep it to yourself,
Tell it. He may bless another.

If you've heard a wise word spoken, To a friend that word impart;
'Tis a seed-thought full of blessing,
Plant it in another's heart.

The book you lend will quicken thought;
The friend you praise another bless;
The word you speak may save a soul'
And all promote God's righteousness.

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