Unimportant Differences

If he is honest, kindly, true,
    And glad to work from day to day;
If when his bit of toil is through
    With children he will stoop to play;
If he does always what he can
    To serve another's time of need,
Then I shall hail him as a man
    And never ask him what's his creed.

If he respects a woman's name
    And guards her from all thoughtless jeers;
If he is glad to play life's game
    And not risk all to get the cheers;
If he disdains to win by bluff
    And scorns to gain by shady tricks,
I hold that he is good enough
    Regardless of his politics.

If he is glad his much to share
    With them who little here possess,
If he will stand by what is fair
    And not desert to claim success,
If he will leave a smile behind
    As he proceeds from place to place,
He has the proper frame of mind,
    And I won't stop to ask his race.

For when at last life's battle ends
    And all the troops are called on high
We shall discover many friends
    That thoughtlessly we journeyed by.
And we shall learn that God above
    Has judged His creatures by their deeds,
That millions there have won His love
    Who spoke in different tongues and creeds.