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This world's a diamond, with the bases laid, And on it Life's great game of ball is played. The teams are Human Beings versus fate, And Time's tlie umpire, watching by the plate. We're at the bat. Our purpose o'er and o'er To wield Ambition's club and try to score. To try to solve the curves the pitcher throws, Ani lam the sphere where not a finger goes, Some of us seem to bat with skill immense. Knocking long homers o,er the deep field fence. Others bunt infield hits, but wildly race, And beat the ball down to the primal base. Still others, tho they strive their best no doubt, Fan wildly at the air, and then—strike out Then seek the bench, downcast, with visage, drawn, Crestfallen, shamefaced blue, ambition gone, Or rag the umpire, growling like a bear: "Y"ou robber. That decision wasn't fair." That's not the game. Be not a grouch or a quitter. What though you're not a straight 300-hitter. You've got another chance. Stand to the plate, Grab tight your bat, get braced and calmly wait. Wait for a good one. Let the other rip, And when it comes—now—Lam it hard and zip— It's got to go. And so must you, old man, Hike for the base. Keep going—yes, you can Steal second—good—now, easy—not too gay, There—get a lead—a hit—now you're away. Keep on—don't stop don't lose that dandy stride You've got to beat the throw-in—slide now—slide. Hurrah—you did it—score? Of course you scored: See—there's your tally marked up on the board. And now you'll win the game—no doubt at all You can't lose, old man, if you'll just Play Ball. "THE MAIZE."