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don't quit...

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My very favorite poem
My very favorite poem

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Published by: grannysue1mccue on Oct 18, 2009
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05/11/2014

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 Don't Quit  Poem
 
by anonymous
When things go wrong, as they sometimes will,When the road you're trudging seems all up hill,When the funds are low and the debts are high,And you want to smile, but you have to sigh,When care is pressing you down a bit,Rest! if you must; but don't you quit.Life is queer with its twists and turns,As everyone of us sometimes learns,And many a failure turns aboutWhen he might have won had he stuck it out;Don't give up, though the pace seems slow;You might succeed with another blow.Often the goal is nearer thanIt seems to a faint and faltering man,Often the struggler has given upWhen he might have captured the victor's cup.And he learned too late, when the night slipped down,How close he was to the golden crown.Success is failure turned inside out;The silver tint of the clouds of doubt;And you never can tell how close you are,It may be near when it seems afar;So stick to the fight when you're hardest hit;It's when things seem worst that you mustn't quit.
Just a follow up on the "Don't Quit Poem."
 
 News is that it was written by Alice Rowland of Alberta Canada, who claims to havewritten it in 1948 when she was 15. However the poem was found to be published in TheBest loved Poems of the American People" published by Doubleday & Company, Inc.,Garden City, N.Y. ISBN 0-385-00019-7. Copyright 1936. This is 12 years prior to thedate Alice Rowland (nee Enzie) claims to have written the poem.Yet another follow up: Edward Good claims to have written Don't Quit! Today, Ireceived the following email.Dear Rose; For many years now I have been reading all the junk and rubbish about who wrote the poem"Don't Quit".You will probably not believe what I am going to say, but it is very important that I tellthe world who the real author of the poem "Don't Quit" is.I wrote the poem when I was 17 years old just before I joined the Air force. Years later my mother sent me a copy of the church bulletin that contained a few of the verses of the poem. Through the years I have seen my poem published on many things such as tablets,calendars, book marks, plates and so on. Many people have asked me why I had never tried to have it copyrighted? My answer to that was simple, I felt that if my poem hadhelped just one person get back his life or maybe even save a life, that was rewardenough.But now I am fed up with all the would be phonies trying to claim credit for the poem. Iwrote the poem and I still have three brothers, six sister-in-laws and a few friends stillalive who will swear to the fact that I wrote the poem.Think about this for a minute. If 19 or 20 other individuals had tried to secure thecopyrights, why were they not given any copyrights? Simple, the copyright service knewcertain facts about when, where and why the poem was written. I applied for thecopyrights and supplied the U.A.Copyright Office with certain facts about when (year),the location, (City & State). how it was first published and the approximate age and sexof the person who wrote it.received my registered certificate from the U.S. Copyright Office in February of thisyear. Other than what I had sent them, (information on the poem), I was not asked to provide any other proof.If you would like to see a copy of that certificate I will be glad to send you one, but noton line, I would prefer to do it by mail. If you know anything about the poem I would behappy to provide you with anything you want to know about it. I still have the original paper that I wrote the poem on.Edward Good

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