I want to teach my students how-- To live this life on earth, To face its struggles and its strife, And to improve their worth.
Not just the lesson in a book, Or how the rivers flow, But to choose the proper path, Wherever they may go.
To understand eternal truth, And know right from wrong, And gather all the beauty of A flower and a song,
For if I help the world to grow, In wisdom and grace, Then I feel that I have won, And I have filled my place.
And so I ask your guidance, God That I may do my part, For character and confidence, And happiness of heart.
- James Metcalfe