Young men, it matters but little
The burdens you carry in life,
For it isn't the load,
But the choice of a road
That determines the stress and strife.
Don't follow the highways of pleasure-
The ones that look broad, smooth, and fair-
For they only deceive
All those who believe
They will lead to a treasure somewhere.
True joy is found only in service
To God and one's own fellowmen;
Being honest and true
Will bring joy to you
As you least will expect it and when.
And as the swift seasons roll onward,
The years bring your life to its end,
Your reward will be great.
In the hereafter state,
If the Father and Son call you friend.