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Do It Now

From The Seattle Star, March 20, 1913.
 By Berton Braley.

 If with pleasure you are viewing any work a man is doing,
     If you like him or you love him, tell him now!
 Don’t withhold your approbation till the parson makes oration
     As he lies with snowy lilies o’er his brow;
 For, no matter how you shout it he won’t really care about it,
     He won’t know how many teardrops you have shed.
 If you think some praise is due him, now’s the time to slip it to him,
     For he cannot read his tombstone when he’s dead!
 More than fame and more than money is the comment kind and sunny
     And the hearty, warm approval of a friend.
 For it gives to life a savor and it makes you stronger, braver,
     And it gives you heart and spirit to the end;
 If he earns your praise—bestow it; if you like him, let him know it;
     Let the words of true encouragement be said.
 Do not wait till life is over and he’s underneath the clover,
     For he cannot read his tombstone when he’s dead!

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