The author of this poem is not actually known for sure. This one gives the credit to Edgar A. Guest and it does read like his work. I am going to add to it. I know that almost seems evil, as it is such a wonderful insightful poem. Many have memorized it. If you have never read it then you are in for a real treat.
I will put my additions in red so as not to taint it.
By Edgar A. Guest (1881-1959)?
See Don’t Quit: Who is the Author?
IN OUR CHRISTIAN LIFE
When Things go wrong, as they sometimes will,
When the road you’re trudging (for Christ) seems all uphill,
When the funds are low and debts are high,
And you want to Smile but have to sigh.
When care is pressing you down a bit,
Rest, if you must, but don’t you quit.
Life is queer with its twists and turns,
As everyone of us sometimes learns,
And many a failure turns about,
When he might have won if he’d stuck it out,
Don’t give up though the pace seems slow,
You might succeed with another blow.
THE WEARY CHRISTIAN SOUL WINNER
Often the struggler has given up,
When he might captured the victor’s cup.
And he learned too late, when the night slipped down,
How close he was to the golden crown,
Galations 6:9 And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.
Success is failure turned inside out,
The silver tint of clouds of doubt,
And you never can tell how close you are,
It may be near when it seems afar,
So stick to the fight when you’re hardest hit,
It’s when things seem worst that you mustn’t quit.