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  • Serving It

    From the Rock Island Argus, November 2, 1912.
    By Duncan M. Smith.
     Lift up your eyes and look about
         And get your money’s worth,
     For lying fair before you see
         A great old little earth.
     The view is very wide and bright
         And pulsing everywhere,
     And not a picture in the world
         Can with the sight compare.
     Lift up your eyes. Don’t focus them
         Upon the lowly ditch
     The while you brood upon your woes
         And wish that you were rich.
     Before you lies a waiting world,
         All joyous, bright and fair,
     And, with the others of your kind,
         In it you own a share.
     Lift up your eyes and take a look,
         For everything is free,
     And no admission need be paid
         And no outgoing fee.
     The brook, the meadow and the lake,
         The clouds that grace the air,
     The mountains and the restless sea
         Are there for you to share.
     Lift up your eyes unto the hills
         And let your soul expand
     As in the broader, wider view
         A man newborn you stand.
     Take heed of nature’s wondrous works,
         Whose beauties you now miss,
     And, though you may be poor in purse,
         You shall be rich in this.