|When things go wrong, as they sometimes will,
When the road you're trudging seems all up hill,
When 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 everyone 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 may succeed with another blow.
Often the goal is nearer than
It seems to be a faltering man,
Often the struggler has given up
When he might have captured the victor's cup.
And he learned to late, when the night slipped down,
How close he was to the golden crown.
Sucess is failure turned inside out--
The silver lining 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 musn't quit.
For we know the Father above looks down,
He sees our struggles and holds a crown,
He knows the way, though it's rough and drear,
He will give us strength, so we need not fear,
He offers to you the refreshing cup
Of the water of life; then in faith look up,
And struggle on till the crown is won
Which He will give when our work is done.