“Patience is bitter, but the fruit is sweet!”
When things go wrong, as they sometimes will,
When the road you’re trudging seems all up hill
And you want to smile, buy 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 failure turns about,
When he might have won had 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 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 slipped down,
How close he was to the golden crown.
Success is failure turned inside out.
The silver tint to the clouds of doubt —
And you never can tell how close you are,
It may appear when it seems afar;
So stick to the fight when you’re hardest hit —
It’s when things seem worst that you musn’t quit!