Be Strong

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--oh shame!

Stand up, speak out, and bravely, in God's name.

Be strong!

It matters not how deep intrenched the wrong,

How hard the battle goes, the day how long;

Faint not--fight on! To-morrow comes the song.

Maltbie Davenport Babcock (1858-1901)