from “The Best Love Poems of the American People”
If you can’t be a pine on the top of the hill,
Be a scrub in the valley - but beThe best little scrub by the side of the rill;
Be a bush if you can’t be a tree.
And some highway happier make;
If you can’t be a muskie then just be a bass -
But the liveliest bass in the lake!
There’s something for all of us here,
There’s big work to do, and there’s lesser to do,
And the task you must do is the near.
If you can’t be the sun be a star;
It isn’t by size that you win or you fail -
Be the best of whatever you are!
Let Your work appear to Your servants
And Your majesty to their children.
Let the favor of the Lord our God be upon us;
And confirm for us the work of our hands;
Yes, confirm the work of our hands.
Praise the LORD!