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It Can Be Done Poems of Inspiration   By: (1889-1947)

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IT CAN BE DONE

POEMS OF INSPIRATION

COLLECTED BY

JOSEPH MORRIS and ST. CLAIR ADAMS

FOREWORD

This is a volume of inspirational poems. Its purpose is to bring men courage and resolution, to cheer them, to fire them with new confidence when they grow dispirited, to strengthen their faith that THINGS CAN BE DONE. It is better for this purpose than the entire works of any one poet, for it takes the cream of many and has greater diversity than any one writer can show.

It is made up chiefly of very recent poems not such as were written for anthologies of poetical "gems," but such as speak directly to the heart, always in very simple language, often in the phrases of shop or office or street. Included, however, with the poems of the day are a few of the fine old pieces that have been of comfort to men through the ages.

Besides the poems themselves, the volume contains helps to their understanding and enjoyment. The pieces are introduced by short comments; these serve the same purpose as the strain played by the pianist before the singer begins to sing; they create a mood, give a point of view, throw light on the meaning of what follows. Also the lives of the authors are briefly summarized; this is in answer to our natural interest in the writer of a poem we like, and in the case of living poets it brings together facts hardly to be found anywhere else.

Finally, the book is not one to be read and then cast aside. It is to be kept as a constant companion and an unfailing recourse in weariness or gloom. Human companions are not always in the mood to cheer us, and may talk upon themes we dislike. But this book will converse or be silent, it is never out of sorts or discouraged, and so far from being wed to some single topic, it will speak to us at any time on any subject we desire.

To many authors and publishers acknowledgment is due for generous permission to use copyright material.

CONTENTS

Abou Ben Adhem............................. Leigh Hunt Answer, The................................ Grantland Rice Appreciation............................... William Judson Kibby Arrow and the Song, The.................... Henry Wadsworth Longfellow Awareness.................................. Miriam Teichner

Bars of Fate, The.......................... Ellen M.H. Gates Battle Cry................................. John G. Neihardt Belly and the Members, The................. William Shakespeare Be the Best of Whatever You Are............ Douglas Malloch Borrowed Feathers.......................... Joseph Morris Borrowing Trouble.......................... Robert Burns Brave Life................................. Grantland Rice

Call of the Unbeaten, The.................. Grantland Rice Can't...................................... Edgar A. Guest Can You Sing a Song?....................... Joseph Morris Cares...................................... Elizabeth Barrett Browning Celestial Surgeon, The..................... Robert Louis Stevenson Challenge.................................. Jean Nette Chambered Nautilus, The.................... Oliver Wendell Holmes Character of a Happy Life.................. Sir Henry Wotton Clear the Way.............................. Charles Mackay Cleon and I................................ Charles Mackay Columbus................................... Joaquin Miller Conqueror, The............................. Berton Braley Co operation............................... J. Mason Knox Courage.................................... Florence Earle Coates Cowards.................................... William Shakespeare Creed, A................................... Edwin Markham

Daffodils, The............................. William Wordsworth Days of Cheer.............................. James W. Foley December 31................................ S.E. Kiser De Sunflower Ain't de Daisy................ Anonymous Disappointed, The.......................... Ella Wheeler Wilcox Duty... Continue reading book >>




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