Jim And Bill

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Bill Jones was cynical and sad;
  He thought sincerity was rare;
Most people, Bill believed, were bad
  And few were fair.

He said that cheating was the rule;
  That nearly everything was fake;
That nearly all, both knave and fool,
  Were on the make.

Jim Brown was cheerful as the sun;
  He thought the world a lovely place,
Exhibiting to every one
  A smiling face.

He thought that every man was fair;
  He had no cause to sob or sigh;
He said that everything was square
  As any die.

Dear reader, would you rather be
  Like Jim, not crediting the ill,
Joyous in your serenity,
  Or right, like Bill?

© Franklin Pierce Adams