by Marjorie Barrows
The Secret Garden (online book)
The Little Professor of Piney Woods
by Beth Day (a Messner biography)
Story of Professor Laurence Jones
"My dear son, God has put wisdom in my head and beauty in yours. Wisdom is needed for the governance of the world, but beauty is needed for its existence. In arid deserts there is no life. Birds do not sing in the dark of night. Show me a waste country, and I'll show you a brutal people. No faith can live that is not beautiful . . .
"The beauty God has put in your heart, child, you must always keep."
When you tend a rose, my lad,
A thistle cannot grow.
"Little by little," said a thoughtful boy,
"Moment by moment I'll well employ,
Learning a little every day,
And not spending all my time in play.
And still this rule in my mind shall dwell,
Whatever I do, I will do it well.
Little by little, I'll learn to know
The treasured wisdom of long ago;
And one of these day perhaps will see
That the world will be better for me."
Now, do you not think this simple plan
Made him a wise and useful man?