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!"