If you wish to have success,
Five things observe with care:
To whom you speak, of whom you speak,
And how, and when, and where.
You may write your names in albums,
You may print them in the sand;
You may carve them into marble,
With a firm and skilful hand.
Each word will soon be sullied
Each name will fade away;
Each monument will crumble,
Like all earthly things decay.
But dear friend their (sic) is a book,
With pages of snowy white,
Where no name is ever tarnished;
But for “ever” will shine bright.
And in that book, “God’s Album”,
May your name be penned with care,
And all who here have written,
Write their names for “ever” there.
Imagine reading something like those words on FaceBook today !! A lot has changed in 100 years.