The Measure of a Man (poem)- Unknown

“Not – How did he die? But – How did he live?
Not – What did he gain? But – What did he give?

These are the things that measure the worth
Of a man as a man, regardless of birth.

Not – What was his station? But – had he a heart?
And – How did he play his God-given part?

Was he ever ready with a word of good cheer?
To bring back a smile, to banish a tear?

Not – What was his church? Not – What was his creed?
But – Had he befriended those really in need?

Not – What did the sketch in the newspaper say?
But – How many were sorry when he passed away?

These are the things that measure the worth
Of a man as a man, regardless of birth.”

-Unknown

This is so true and telling. I hope everyone has someone to think of when they read this.

2 thoughts on “The Measure of a Man (poem)- Unknown

  1. Did you write this? It is wonderful and I want to thank you. My father passed away peacefully on Saturday. I found this while looking for things to say at his Service. He would have liked this and I shall use it (and attribute it to you unless I hear otherwise). Thank you.

    1. No, the author is unknown.
      I used this at my father’s funeral as well, it is lovely and so appropriate I think. You have my sincerest condolences ‚̧ xx

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