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Hope for the Best

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HOPE FOR THE BEST
By Astley H Baldwin.

Hope for the best, there is energy in it;
Courage will stand rough adversity’s test.
Strive, strive for the palm, and you’re certain to win it;
You may be tried now, but it’s “all for the best.”

Rough rain – clouds are gathering greater and greater,
Obscuring the heavens to recently fair;
There’s a rainbow behind to come sooner or later,
And the watch-word of wisdom is “Never despair.”

Try again, try again, there is always a turning;
The lane may be long, but the end you must find.
Look firmly before you, all obstacles spurning,
For a fixed resolution will not look behind.

Fall at first. Never mind: Others did so before you.
Courage and prudence were never in vain.
The reward of your toil must be hovering over you.
Have patience and faith; try again, try again.

Hope for the best! It can not be for ever.
The hardest to trials must all have an end.
Energy knows not the meaning of never;
Things may come to the worst, but they are certain to mend.

Hope for the best, there is fortitude in it;
Patience will triumph o’er poverty’s test.
Strive, strive for the palm, and you’re certain to win t.
And if you are tried now, why, “It’s all for the best.”

The Welcome Guest.

Hope for the Best by Astley H Baldwin