When anger smolders in your heart
 And threatens to ignite,
Or someone wounds you with a word
 That festers into spite,
Or if somebody without cause
 Is sporting for a fight…

 …To love your neighbor as yourself
  Will make you feel all right.

If you're assailed with disrespect
 Which devastates your pride,
Or tried to tell the honest truth
 While those around you lied,
Or thought you had a loyal friend
 But then was cast aside…

 …To love thy neighbor as yourself
  Will grant you peace inside.
If envy rears its fearsome head
 Beyond your self-control,
Or others disappoint or fail
 To reach a promised goal,
And when it seems too many men
 Have hearts as black as coal…

 …To love thy neighbor as yourself
  Will pacify your soul.