When things go wrong, as they sometimes will,
When the road you are trudging, seems all uphill,
When the funds are low and the debts are high,
And you want to smile but have to sigh.
When care is pressing you down a bit,
Rest, if you must, but dont you quit.
Life is queer with its twists and turn,
As everyone of us sometimes learns,
And many a failure turns about,
When he might have won if he’d stuck it out,
Dont give up though, the pace seems slow,
You mught succeed with another blow.
Often the struggler has given up,
When he might 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 clouds of doubt,
And you never can tell how close you are,
It may be near when it seems afar,
So stick to the fight when you are hardest hit,
Its when things seem worse, then you mustn’t quit.
– Edgar Albert Guest