Harm Me Not


An anthology of inspirational material, for use in putting together "Scouts Own" ceremonies

compiled by:
Neil Savage
Exeter, New Hampshire
Digital Equipment Corporation
Maynard, Massachusetts


I am the heart of your hearth on the cold winter nights; the friendly shade which screens you from the summer sun; and my fruits quench your thirst as you journey on.

I am the beam which supports your house, the board of your table, the bed on which you sleep and the timber which builds your boat.

I am the handle of your hoe, the door of your home, the wood of your cradle and the shell of your coffin.

I am the bread of kindness and the flower of beauty.

You who pass by, please listen to my prayer:

Harm Me Not!

-the forest reserves of Portugal are said have been posted with this notice for more than a thousand years!