The Heart of Poetry

Don’t Quit

Don't Quit. You are too awesome to quit on yourself.

When things go wrong, as they sometimes will
when the road you're trudging seems all uphill
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 every one of us sometimes learns.
and many a fellow turns about
when he might have won had he stuck it out.

Don't give up though the pace seems slow
you may succeed with another blow.

God loves you, and we love you too.

Often the goal is nearer than
it seems to a faint and faltering man.
Often the struggler has given up
when he might have captured the victor's cup

And he learned too late when the night came down,
how close he was to the golden crown.

Success is failure turned inside out
the silver tint in the clouds of doubt.
And you never can tell how close you are
it might be near when it seems afar.

So stick to the fight when you're hardest hit
it's when things seem worst that you must not quit.

For all the sad words of tongue or pen
The saddest are these "It might have been!"

by John Greenleaf Whittier