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Monday, October 5, 2009

Haste Not, Rest Not

Here's a poem I had in school the other day.... I thought it was kind of interesting.

Without haste! Without rest!
Bind the motto to thy breast;
Bear it with thee as a spell;
Storm or sunshine, guard it well!
Heed not flowers that round thee bloom,
Bear it onward to the tomb.

Haste no! Let no thoughtless deed
Mar for aye the spirit's speed!
Ponder well and knew the right,
Onward, then, with all thy might!
Haste not! Years can ne'er atone
For one reckless action done.

Rest not! Life is sweeping by,
Go and dare before you die.
Something mighty and sublime
Leave behind to conquer time!
Glorious 'tis to live for aye,
When these forms have passed away.

Haste not! Rest not! calmly wait;
Meekly bear the stones of fate!
Duty be thy polar guide--
Do the right whate'er betide!
Haste not! Rest not! Conflicts past,
God shall crown thy work at last.


Christine Ericson said...

Wow! That's beautiful! I love it! I will totally have to save this one!

Ashley said...

I don't remember who wrote it though... somebody with a REALLY long name :P

Anonymous said...

Lovely poem. I believe Johann Wolfgang von Goethe wrote it