poet Robert William Service

Robert William Service

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A Song Of Success

Ho! we were strong, we were swift, we were brave.
Youth was a challenge, and Life was a fight.
All that was best in us gladly we gave,
Sprang from the rally, and leapt for the height.
Smiling is Love in a foam of Spring flowers:
Harden our hearts to him -- on let us press!
Oh, what a triumph and pride shall be ours!
See where it beacons, the star of success!

Cares seem to crowd on us -- so much to do;
New fields to conquer, and time's on the wing.
Grey hairs are showing, a wrinkle or two;
Somehow our footstep is losing its spring.
Pleasure's forsaken us, Love ceased to smile;
Youth has been funeralled; Age travels fast.
Sometimes we wonder: is it worth while?
There! we have gained to the summit at last.

Aye, we have triumphed! Now must we haste,
Revel in victory . . . why! what is wrong?
Life's choicest vintage is flat to the taste --
Are we too late? Have we laboured too long?
Wealth, power, fame we hold . . . ah! but the truth:
Would we not give this vain glory of ours
For one mad, glad year of glorious youth,
Life in the Springtide, and Love in the flowers.

Poem Submitted: Monday, January 13, 2003

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  • Sanskriti (8/25/2020 10:31:00 AM)

    Very nice poem

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  • Victor Ekpo (7/14/2006 12:20:00 PM)

    Captures it in its entirety. A perfect poem, keeps you reading and has a proper lovely end in its place.

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  • Robert Benson Md (5/10/2005 12:47:00 PM)

    Another wonderful lyric poem by one of the greatest lyric poets of all time!

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