My Creed

December 24, 2011


To live as gently as I can;
To be, no matter where, a man;
To take what comes of good or ill
And cling to faith and honor still;
To do my best, and let that stand
The record of my brain and hand;
And then, should failure come to me,
Still work and hope for victory.

To have no secret place wherein
I stoop unseen to shame or sin;
To be the same when I’m alone
As when my every deed is known;
To live undaunted, unafraid
Of any step that I have made;
To be without pretense or sham
Exactly what men think I am.

To leave some simple mark behind
To keep my having lived in mind;
If enmity to aught I show,
To be an honest, generous foe,
To play my little part, nor whine
That greater honors are not mine.
This, I believe, is what I need
For my philosophy and creed.

A favorite poem of mine by Edgar A. Guest

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14 Comments on “My Creed”

  1. Searching for the Light Says:

    Hope you had a joyous and peaceful Christmas. Just wanted to let you know that I have nominated you for a Candle Lighters Award. You don’t need to do anything for this one. For more please see here


    • Jessie Jeanine Says:

      Happy Holidays my friend and thank you so much for this wonderful blessing! I really appreciate this particular award and am so honored to be nominated again :)

      Please be patient with my nominations friends, as I will get caught up on them as soon as I can.


  2. granbee Says:

    “To be an honest, generous foe” has always intrigued me and encouraged me to stand up for what I believe, but in this manner: honest and generous!. Thank for so much for reminding us of these truths in the Edgar Guest poem I need to remember more often.


  3. Linda Willows Says:

    Thank you for sharing this special poem. It offers such an honest and courageous view of grace, compassionate living, humility and abidance with the will of God; all in the name of understanding the deepest Love and Faith in is eternal Truth and the greatest good of Our Lord.


  4. Mike Azer Says:

    Thanks for sharing, Jessie!! This is a really lovely poem!! :)


  5. Lady Deidre Says:

    Edgar was my husband’s great, great uncle! How crazy is that! :)
    Great Post! God Bless You!


  6. Jeanne Webster Says:

    It all boils down to “Love others as I have loved you.” Amen!


  7. pbus1 Says:

    Thank you for sharing! Definitely words to live by.


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