When things go wrong, and 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 you mustn’t quit.
Life is queer with its twists and turns,
As everyone of us sometimes learns,
And many a failure turns about,
When one might have won had he stuck it out.
Don’t give up though the pace seems slow,
You might succeed with another blow.
Often the goal is nearer than it seems to a faint and 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 victor’s crown.
Success is failure turned inside out,
The silver tint of the cloud of doubt,
And you can never tell how close you are,
It may be near when it seems afar.
So stick to the fight when you are hardest hit,
It’s when things seem worst that you mustn’t quit!