"Desiderata (Latin: "desired things") is a 1927 prose poem by American writer Max Ehrmann. Largely unknown in the author's lifetime, the text became widely known after its use in a devotional and after spoken-word recordings in 1971 and 1972." ~Wikipedia
It must have made a strong impression on me because it's been in the box for over 30 years. It still has great meaning for me.
As far as possible, without surrender,
If you compare yourself with others,
Exercise caution in your business affairs,
Take kindly the counsel of the years,
Beyond a wholesome discipline,
Therefore be at peace with God,
With all its sham, drudgery, and broken dreams,
Now if you look closely at the top left hand corner of my copy, you will see faded blue ink stained words. I'm trying to figure out what they say.
From the back view:
It's a mystery!