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    The things that count by Ella Wheeler Wilcox (1850-1919)
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    The Things That Count

    Now, dear, it isn’t the bold things,
    Great deeds of valour and might,
    That count the most in the summing up of life at the end of the day.
    But it is the doing of old things,
    Small acts that are just and right;
    And doing them over and over again, no matter what others say;
    In smiling at fate, when you want to cry, and in keeping at work when

              you want to play—
    Dear, those are the things that count.

     

    And, dear, it isn’t the new ways
    Where the wonder-seekers crowd
    That lead us into the land of content, or help us to find our own.
    But it is keeping to true ways,
    Though the music is not so loud,
    And there may be many a shadowed spot where we journey along

              alone;
    In flinging a prayer at the face of fear, and in changing into a song a

              groan—
    Dear, these are the things that count.

     

    My dear, it isn’t the loud part
    Of creeds that are pleasing to God,
    Not the chant of a prayer, or the hum of a hymn, or a jubilant shout or

              song.
    But it is the beautiful proud part
    Of walking with feet faith-shod;
    And in loving, loving, loving through all, no matter how things go

              wrong;
    In trusting ever, though dark the day, and in keeping your hope when

              the way seems long—

    Dear, these are the things that count.