That stirred our hearts in youth,
The impulses to wordless prayer,
The dreams of love and truth;
The longing after something's lost,
The spirit's yearning cry,
The striving after better hopes-
These things can never die.
The timid hand stretched forth to aid
A brother in his need,
A kindly word in grief's dark hour
That proves a friend indeed:
The plea for mercy softly breathed,
When justice threatens nigh,
The sorrow of a contrite heart-
These things shall never die.
Let nothing pass for every hand
Must find some work to do;
Lose not a chance to waken love-
Be firm, and just, and true:
So shall a light that cannot fade
Beam on thee from on high.
And angel voices say to thee-
These things shall never die
(Author: Charles Dickens)