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|Those who can help those who need it most,
Having both the expertise and heart,
Intending both to profit and to give,
Retaining self enough amply to live,
Tough enough to play a tender part,
Yet understand the perils of the post.
One is in this life neither guest nor host,
Nor is one's empathy imperative.
Each must give with love and care and art.
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