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HOW WHEN WHERE By John Oxenham (1852-1941)

It is not so much WHERE you live, 

As HOW, and WHY, and WHEN you live, 

That answers in the affirmative, 

Or maybe in the negative, 

The question Are you fit to live?

It is not so much WHERE you live, 

As HOW you live, and whether good 

Flows from you through your neighborhood

. And WHY you live, and whether you 

Aim high and noblest ends pursue, 

And keep Life brimming full and true. 

And WHEN you live, and whether Time 

Is at its nadir or its prime, 

And whether you descend or climb. 

It is not so much WHERE you live, 

As whether while you live you live 

And to the world your highest give, 

And so make answer positive 

That you are truly fit to live. 

By John Oxenham (1852-1941)


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