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Quit, Give up! You're beaten! They shout at me and plead.
And as I start to hang my head in front of failure's face,
And hope fills my weakened will, as I recall that scene
A children's race -- young boys, young girls.
They all lined up so full of hope; each thought to win that race,
And every parent watched from off the side, cheering for their daughters
and their sons,
The whistle blew and off they went, young hearts and hopes afire.
And one boy in particular whose dad was in the crowd,
But as they speeded down the field, across a shallow dip,
And trying hard to catch himself, his hands flew out to brace,
So down he fell and with him hope, he couldn't win it now,
But as he fell his dad stood up and showed his anxious face,
He quickly rose, no damage done, behind a bit, that's all,
So anxious to restore himself -- to catch up and to win, His mind went faster than his legs -- and he slipped and fell again.
He wished that he had quit before with only one disgrace,
But in the laughing crowd, he searched and found his father's face,
So up he jumped to try again, ten yards behind the last.
Exerting everything he had, he regained eight or ten,
Defeat! He lay there silently, a tear dropped from his eye.
The will to rise had disappeared, all hope had fled away.
"I've lost, so what's the use?" he thought, "I'll live with my
Get up, an echo sounded, get up and take your place.
With borrowed will, Get up, it said, You haven't lost at all.
So up he rose to run once more, and with a new commit,
So far behind the others now, the most he'd ever been.
Three times he'd fallen, stumbling: Three time he rose again.
They cheered the winning runner as she crossed the line in first place.
But when the fallen youngster crossed the line in final place,
And even though he came in last with head bowed low, unproud, You would have thought he'd won the race to listen to the crowd.
And to his dad he sadly said, "I didn't do so well."
And now when things seem dark and hard and difficult to face,
For all of life is like that race with ups and down and all,
"Quit, give up, you're beaten," they will always shout in your face.
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Last Updated April 1, 2013
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