Leaning And Lifting

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The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints

Ella Wheeler Wilcox

There are two kinds of people on earth today
just two kinds of people, no more, I say.
Not the saint and the sinner, for tis well understood
the good are half bad and the bad are half good;

not the rich and the poor, for to count a mans wealth
you must first know the state of his conscience and health;
Not the humble and proud, for in life's little span
who puts on vain airs is not counted a man;

not the happy and sad, for the swift-flying years
bring each man his laughter and each man his tears.
No! the two kinds of people on earth I mean
are the people who lift and the people who lean.

Wherever you go, you will find the world's masses
Are always divided in just these two classes;
And oddly enough you will find too, I've seen,
There is only one lifter to twenty who lean.

In which class are you? Are you easing the load
of over taxed lifters who toil down the road?
Or are you a leaner who lets others bear
Your portion of labor and worry and care.