I have hoped, I have planned, I have striven,
To the will I have added the deed;
The best that was in me I've given,
I fight a battle every day
Against discouragement and fear;
Some foe stands always in my way,
The path ahead is never clear!
WHY try to make us think that all is wrong
And that the world is drifting to its doom ?
Why interrupt a singer's hopeful song
That I may not in blindness grope,
But that I may with vision clear
Know when to speak a word of hope
Or add a little wholesome cheer.
Faith is not merely praying
Upon your knees at night;
Faith is not merely straying
Through darkness to the light.
WHY should I sit in doubt or fear? If I
Awake some morning from that dreaded sleep
To find myself new-born and lifted high,
If I was paw and paw was me,
Gee! what a great thing that 'ud be!
I wouldn't whip him just 'cause he
Went sneakin' off sometimes to fish;
OH, if you only knowed how much I like
To stand here, when the 'old man' ain't around
And watch your soft, white fingers while you pound
I WISH, when you was through your work some night
And goin' home alone, and had your pay
Stuck in your stockin'--what you drew that day--
I HAVE failed in a thousand cases,
But I still have the heart to try ;
I am scarred in a hundred places,
No darling of Luck am I