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You Mustn't Quit

Friday, November 13, 2020

When things go wrong, as they sometimes will,
When the road you’ve trudging seems all up hill,
When the funds are low and the debts are high,
And you want to smile but you have to sigh,
When care is pressing you down a bit,
Rest if you must, but don’t you quit.

Life is queer with its twists and turns
As everyone of us sometimes learns.
Many a failure turns about
When he might have won, has he stuck it out?
Don’t give up! Though the pace seems slow,
You might succeed with another blow.

Often the goal is nearer than
It seems to a faint and fallen man.
Often the struggler has given up
When he might have captured the victor’s cup.
And he learned too late when the night slipped down,
How close he was to the golden crown.

Success is failure turned inside out:
The silver tint of the clouds of doubt.
You never can tell how close you are.
It may be near when it seems so far.

So stick to the fight when you’re hardest hit.
It’s when things seem worst that you mustn't quit!


Thanks to PATRICIAAK for changing the unknown to a known. Checking in a couple places, I found that most of this poem was attributed to John Greenleaf Whittier under the title "Don't Quit" and was not broken down into verses. However, the expanded version here was published by Edgar A. Guest in 1921, who was born 74 years later.
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