The Great War

from Great Poems of the World War, an electronic edition

To Serve is to Gain

"HE profits most who serves us best!"

Let each who labors, lives and dies

Beneath these star-bespangled skies

Go write that motto on his breast!

"He profits most"--Here is no call

To selfish ease or sordid gain;

Who serves himself will serve in vain;

Who profits most must serve us all.

And he has most who gives the most,

Since what is kept can but decay

--And Death still treads his sleepless way

Among our myriad human host.