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 quit. Life is strange with its twist and turns, As everyone sometimes learns, And many a failure turns about, When they might have won had they stuck it out, Don’t give up thought the pace seems slow, You may succeed with another blow.
Often the goal is nearer than, It seem to a faint and the faltering man, Often the struggler has given up, When they might have captured the victory’s cup; And they learned too late when the night came down, How close they were to the golden crown.
Success is failure turned inside out. The silver tint of clouds of doubt, And you never can tell how close you are. It may be near when it seems so far away so far; So stick to the fight when you’re hardest it. It’s when things seem worse that you must not quit!