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[Poetry Friday] Edgar Guest Reminds Us Not to Quit and Things Work Out

Don't Quit, Just Persist!

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Fats here.

Do you have days when you feel like quitting? Do you know someone who needs a pick-me-up? For today’s Poetry Friday, let Edgar Guest inspire you with two of his poems. These poems are for the dark days, the dreary, no-good days, the tiring and trying days, the never-gonna-get-anything-done days, and the would-rather-curl-in-bed days.

Poetry Friday round-up is hosted by Michelle at Today’s Little Ditty!


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Don’t Quit

When things go wrong, as they sometimes will,
When the road you’re trudging seems all uphill,
When the funds are low but 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 failures turn about
When we might have won had we stuck it out.
Don’t give up though the pace seems slow…
You may succeed with another blow.

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…
And you can never 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 must not quit.


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Things Work Out

Because it rains when we wish it wouldn’t,
Because men do what they often shouldn’t,
Because crops fail, and plans go wrong
Some of us grumble all day long.
But somehow, in spite of the care and doubt,
It seems at last that things work out.

Because we lose where we hoped to gain,
Because we suffer a little pain,
Because we must work when we’d like to play
Some of us whimper along life’s way.
But somehow, as day always follows the night,
Most of our troubles work out all right.

Because we cannot forever smile,
Because we must trudge in the dust awhile,
Because we think that the way is long
Some of us whimper that life’s all wrong.
But somehow we live and our sky grows bright,
And everything seems to work out all right.

So bend to your trouble and meet your care,
For the clouds must break, and the sky grow fair.
Let the rain come down, as it must and will,
But keep on working and hoping still.
For in spite of the grumblers who stand about,
Somehow, it seems, all things work out.

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Fats works at the Circulation Department of the Wayne County Public Library in Wooster, Ohio. She takes book hoarding seriously and also enjoys collecting bookmarks and tote bags. When she is not reading, Fats is either goofing around with her cat or playing video games. She is 60% Gryffindor and 40% Ravenclaw.

5 comments on “[Poetry Friday] Edgar Guest Reminds Us Not to Quit and Things Work Out

  1. Edgar Guest really knew how to give a pep talk, didn’t he? Thanks, Fats!!

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  2. Thank you, Fats! These words actually do charge me up. 🙂 xo

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  3. Thanks for the “just-in-time” poetry, Fats! This is a post I needed today. 🙂

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  4. Kay Mcgriff

    These are perfect poems for this week. I love the line, “rest if you must, but don’t you quit!”

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  5. Inspiring poems–we all can use a little of this pick-me-up every once in a while, thanks Fats!

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