poet Edgar Albert Guest

Edgar Albert Guest

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Do Your All

'Do your bit!' How cheap and trite
Seems that phrase in such a fight!
'Do your bit!' That cry recall,
Change it now to 'Do your all!'
Do your all, and then do more;
Do what you're best fitted for;
Do your utmost, do and give,
You have but one life to live.

Do your finest, do your best,
Don't let up and stop to rest,
Don't sit back and idly say:
'I did something yesterday.'
Come on! Here's another hour,
Give it all you have of power.
Here's another day that needs
Everybody's share of deeds.

'Do your bit!' of course, but then
Do it time and time again;
Giving, doing, all should be
Up to full capacity.
Now's no time to pick and choose,
We've a war we must not lose.
Be your duty great or small,
Do it well and do it all.

Do by careful, patient living,
Do by cheerful, open giving;
Do by serving day by day
At whatever post you may;
Do by sacrificing pleasure,
Do by scorning hours of leisure.
Now to God and country give
Every minute that you live.

Poem Submitted: Friday, August 15, 2014

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