COURAGE

by Edgar A. Guest

This is courage: to remain
brave and patient under pain;
cool and calm and firm to stay
in the presence of dismay;
not to flinch when foes attack,
even though you’re beaten back;
still to cling to what is right,
when the wrong possesses might.

This is courage: to be true
to the best men see in you;
to remember, tempest-tossed
not to whimper, “All is lost!”
But to battle to the end
while you still have strength to spend;
not to cry that hope is gone
while you’ve life to carry on.

This is courage: to endure
hurt and loss you cannot cure;
patiently and undismayed,
facing life still unafraid;
glad to live and glad to take
bravely for your children’s sake
burdens they would have to bear
if you fled and ceased to care.

Taken from the book
LIFE’S HIGHWAY
© 1933 by The Reilly & Britton Co.

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4 thoughts on “COURAGE

  1. We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed; we are perplexed, but not in despair;
    Persecuted, but not forsaken; cast down, but not destroyed. (2 Corinthians 4:8-9)

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  2. Thank you so much for having this poem available online. I have it in a book, packed away and I need this as a reminder always. Thank you again!

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