He will have to learn I know,
That all men are not just,
All men are not true ,
But teach him also that 
For every scoundrel there is a hero
That for every selfish politician 
There is a dedicated leader…
Teach him that for every enemy there is a friend
It will take time I know 
But teach him if you can 
That a dollar earned is of far more value then a five pounds
Teach him to learn to lose …
And also enjoy winning

Steer him away from envy, if you can 
Teach him the secret of quite laughter 

Let him learn early that
The bullies are the easiest to lick….
Teach him, if you can 
The wonder of  books …
But also give him quite time 
To ponder the eternal mystery of birds in the sky
Bees in the sun
And flowers on a green hillside

In school teach him 
It is far more honorable to fail
Than to cheat..

Teach him to have faith in his own ideas 
Even if everyone tells him they are wrong ….
Teach him to be gentle with gentle people 
And tough with the tough

Try to give my son 
The strength not to follow the crowd 
When everyone is getting on the bandwagon ….
Teach him to listen to all men …
But teach him also to filter all the hears ..
On the screen of truth
And take only the good that comes through

Teach him if you can,
How to laugh when he is sad ….
Teach him there is no shame in tears.
Teach him to scoff at cynics 
And to be aware of too much sweetness ….
Teach him to sell his brown to the highest bidders,
But never to put price tag 
On his heart and soul.

Teach him to close his ears to a howling mob …
And to stand and fight 
If he thinks he is right

Treat him gently but do not cuddle him
Because only the test of fire makes a fine steel.

Let him have the courage to be impatient …
Let him have the patience to be brave
Teach him always 
To have sublime faith in himself
Because then he will always have 
Sublime faith in mankind.

This is a big order
But see what you can do …
He is such a fine little fellow
My son !