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A Collection of Literary Logic Part 2

Updated on July 5, 2009

"Such is life", somebody once said. Indeed it is! You go to bed thankful a day is over only to wake up to face another challenge. For those who seem to have endless trials, may you find inpiration in these poems.


INVICTUS
(William Ernest Henley)

Out of the night that covers me
Black as the pit from pole to pole,
I thank whatever gods may be
For my unconquerable soul.

In the fell clutch of circumstance
I have not winced nor cried out loud.
Under the bludgeonings of chance,
My head is bloody but unbowed.

Beyond this place of wrath and tears,
Looms but the horrors of the shade.
And yet, the menace of the years,
Finds and shall find me unafraid.

It matters not how straight the gate
How charged with punishments the scroll.
I am the master of my fate
I am the master of my soul.


THE MAN WHO THINKS HE CAN
(Author Unknown)

If you think you are beaten, you are;
If you think you dare not, you don't.
If you'd like to win, but you think you can't,
It's almost a cinch you won't.

If you think you'll lose, you're lost;
For out in the world we find,
Success begins in the fellow's will;
It's all in the state of mind.

If you think you are outclassed, you are;
You've got to think high to rise.
You've got to be sure of yourself before,
You can ever win a prize!

Life's battles don't always go, 
To the stronger or faltering man.
But soon or late, the man who wins,
Is the one who thinks he can!


THIS TOO SHALL PASS AWAY
(Author Unknown)

When some sorrow like a mighty river
Flows through your life with peace-
 destroying power,
And the dearest things are swept from
 sight forever;
Say to your heart each trying hour -
 "this too shall pass away".

When ceaseless toil has hushed your
 song of gladness,
And you have grown almost to tired
 to pray;
Let this truth banish from your heart
 its sadness;
And ease the burden of each trying day -
 "this too shall pass away".

When fortune smiles, and full of mirth
 and pleasure
The days are fitting by without care;
Lest you should rest with only 
 earthly treasure
Let these words their fullest import bear:
 "this too will pass away".

When earnest labor brings you 
 fame and glory;
And all earth's noblest ones
 upon you smile;
Remember that life's longest,
 grandest story
Fills but little moment in earth's little while,
 "this too shall pass away".




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