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Let Us Give Thanks

If we have lived another year
  And, counting friends by regiments
  Who share our love and confidence,
    Find no more broken ranks,
    For this let us give thanks.

   If, since the last Thanksgiving-time,
  Have we been blessed with strength and health,
  And added to our honest wealth,
    Nor lost by broken banks,
    For this would we give thanks.

   If through adversity we trod,
  Yet with serene and smiling face,
  And trusted more to saving grace
    Than charlatans and cranks,
    For this let us give thanks.

   If we have somehow worried through
  The ups and downs along life's track,
  And still undaunted can look back
    And smile at Fortune's pranks,
    For this would we give thanks.

   If every page in our account
  With God and man is fairly writ,
  We care not who examines it,
    With no suspicious blanks,
    For this let us give thanks.