This is only a little hanky here.
But it is pure and white as snow;
May it’s emblems of purity follow you dear,
And guide you wherever you go.
It’s dainty and so very much like
The girl I’m sending it to;
May you, like the little white hanky,
Keep yourself as dainty and true.
In this little hanky is service,
Service and joy it will give;
If you give of yourself gladly,
You’ll find joy every day that you live.
There are things that might stain its whiteness
Things that water may not wash away;
Stains that will show ever after,
And mar its beauty each day.
May stains never mar your beauty,
Things that water will not wash away;
May you keep as pure and sweet and dear,
As this little hanky today.
- by Anonymous