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For one soul saved from wreck so many lost;
   For one fair flower so many loathsome weeds;
For one calm sea so many tempest-tossed;
   One act of love so many hateful deeds.

For one slight ray of hope a million fears;
​ One day of peace long bitter years of strife;
One hollow laugh a thousand genuine tears;
​ Such is the grim reality of life.

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