Keep a smile on your lips; it is better
To joyfully, hopefully try
For the end you would gain than to fetter
Your life with a moan and a sigh.
There are clouds in the firmament ever
The beauty of heaven to mar,
Yet night so profound there is never
But somewhere is a shining star.
Keep a song in your heart, it will lighten
The duty you hold by your hand.
Its music will graciously brighten
The work your high purpose has planned
Your notes to the lives that are saddened
Make them to hopefully yearn’
And earth shall be wondrously gladdened
By the songs they shall sing in return
Keep a task in your hands, you must labor
By the toil is true happiness won
For a foe and for a friend and for a neighbor
Rejoice, there is much to be done
Endeavor by crowning life’s duty
With joy giving song and with smile
To make the world fuller of beauty
Because you were in it awhile.