Your Name

I have seen a number of different versions of this poem, and love the message

You got it from your father

It was all he had to give

So it's yours to use and cherish

For as long as you may live

If you lost the watch he gave you

It can always be replaced;

But a black mark on your name

Can never be erased

It was clean the day you took it

And a worthy name to bear

When he got it from his father

There was no dishonor there

So make sure you guard it wisely

After all is said and done

You'll be glad the name is spotless

When you give it to your son