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What I Said to My Heart (Poem)

I said to my heart, "Take courage,
Life is before thee yet;
Arise in all holy silence,
And banish thy deep regret.
What, though some secret longing
That cannot be repress't
Binds thee a willing captive,
Whose only thought is rest.

"Conquer it, conquer it nobly;
Yield not thine arms too soon,
'Tis easy to fight in the morning,
But harder to fight at noon;
Hardest of all, when the shadows
Press round thee thick and fast;
Heart of mine own, take courage,
And fight to the very last.

"Comrades in armor fight with thee,
Their eyes on the victor's crown;
Not till they've won it bravely
Will they lay their weapons down;
Their zeal shall kindle thine ardor,
Their strength thy strength renew;
Courage, dear heart, take courage,
Arise, and dare, and do!"

We must meet reverses boldly, and not suffer them to frighten us. We must learn to act the play out. We must live (apparent) misfortune down.
—Charles Dickens

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