From the Newark Evening Star, November 24, 1914. By Edgar A. Guest.
I would like to have money and all it will buy,
But I never will lie to obtain it;
For wealth I am eager and ready to try,
But there’s much that I won’t do to gain it.
I won’t spend my life in a money-mad chase,
And I’ll never work children to win it;
I won’t interfere with another man’s race,
Though millions, perhaps, may be in it.
There are prosperous things that are crusted with shame
That I vow I will never engage in.
There is many a crooked and dishonest game
With a large and a glittering wage in,
But I want to walk out with my head held erect,
Nor bow it and sneakingly turn it;
Above all your money I place self-respect;
I’m eager for gold—but I’ll earn it.