McGuffey Reader and Poetry Lesson 6

LESSON VI

Lend a Hand

1
Lend a hand to one another
In the daily toil of life
When we meet a weaker brother,
Let us help him in the strife
There is none so rich but may
In his turn, be forced to borrow;
And the poor man’s lot today
May become our own tomorrow.

2
Lend a hand to one another;
When malicious tongues have thrown
Dark suspicion on your brother,
Be not prompt to cast a stone.
There is none so good but may
Run adrift in shame and sorrow,
And the good man of today
May become the bad tomorrow.

3
Lend a hand to one another:
In the race for Honor’s crown;
Should it fall upon your brother,
Let not envy tear it down.
Lend a hand to all, we pray,
In their sunshine or their sorrow;
And the prize they’ve won today
May become our own tomorrow.

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