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Respectfully Quoted: A Dictionary of Quotations. 1989.

AUTHOR: Author unknown
QUOTATION: Through this toilsome world, alas!
Once and only once I pass;
If a kindness I may show,
If a good deed I may do
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.
ATTRIBUTION: Author unknown, “I Shall Not Pass This Way Again.”—The Best Loved Poems of the American People, ed. Hazel Felleman, p. 77 (1936).
SUBJECTS: Doing good