A beautiful poem (turned hymn) written circa 1906. I post only the first half as it’s the part that made me stop ⛔ and think 💭. It would make a great oath… Just change the “would” to “shall”.
- I would be true, for there are those who trust me;
I would be pure, for there are those who care;
I would be strong, for there is much to suffer;
I would be brave, for there is much to dare.
- I would be friend of all—the foe, the friendless;
I would be giving, and forget the gift;
I would be humble, for I know my weakness;
I would look up, and laugh, and love, and lift.
- Howard Arnold Walter (19 August 1883 – 1 November 1918)