I Shall Not Pass This Way Again
Through this toilsome world, alas,
Once and only once I pass,
If a good deed I may do,
If a kindness I may show
To a suffering fellow man,
Let me do it while I can,
No delay for it is plain
I shall not pass this way again.
The above poem was adapted from a quote from Stephen Grellet (2 November 1773 – 16 November 1855) was a prominent Quaker missionary. Born Etienne de Grellet du Mabillier, son to a counselor of King Louis XVI, at 17 he entered the Kings body-guard; during the French Revolution of 1792 he was sentenced to be executed, but escaped and eventually fled Europe to the United States in 1795, where in 1796, he joined the Religious Society of Friends.
The original quote is:
“I expect to pass through this world but once. Any good, therefore, that I can do or any kindness I can show to any fellow creature, let me do it now. Let me not defer or neglect it for I shall not pass this way again.””