When things go wrong, as they sometimes will,
When the road youre 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 every one of us sometimes learns,
That many a fighter turns about
When he might have won had he stuck to the bout;
Don’t give up, though the pace seems slow
You might succeed with another blow.
Often the goal is nearer than
It seems to the faint and faltering man
Often the vanquished has given up
When he might have captured the victors cup.
And he learns 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
And you never can tell how close you are,
It may 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.”