January 2021, Vol. 40, No. 1 | Poetry

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Be Strong!

posted on January 9, 2021

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Be strong!
We are not here to play, to dream, to drift:
We have hard work to do and loads to lift;
Shun not the struggle: face it ‘tis God’s gift.

Be strong!
Say not the days are evil who’s to blame?
And fold the hands and acquiesce O shame!
Stand up, speak out, and bravely, in God’s Name,

Be strong!
It matters not how deep entrenched the wrong,
How hard the battle goes, the day, how long;
Faint not, fight on! Tomorrow comes the song.

Maltbie Babcock (d. 1901)

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