Poetry Explorer- Classic Contemporary Poetry, THE INEVITABLE, by SARAH KNOWLES BOLTON

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First Line: I like the man who faces what he must
Last Line: Who by a life heroic conquers fate.
Variant Title(s): Conquering Fate
Subject(s): Courage; Fate; Religion; Valor; Bravery; Destiny; Theology

I LIKE the man who faces what he must
With step triumphant and a heart of cheer;
Who fights the daily battle without fear;
Sees his hopes fail, yet keeps unfaltering trust
That God is God, -- that somehow, true and just
His plans work out for mortals; not a tear
Is shed when fortune, which the world holds dear,
Falls from his grasp -- better, with love, a crust
Than living in dishonor; envies not,
Nor loses faith in man; but does his best,
Nor ever murmurs at his humbler lot;
But, with a smile and words of hope, gives zest
To every toiler. He alone is great
Who by a life heroic conquers fate.

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