Poetry Explorer- Classic Contemporary Poetry, SUCCESS (2), by BERTON BRALEY

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First Line: It's doing your job the best you can
Last Line: It's doing your noblest -- that's success!
Variant Title(s): The Recipe;that's Success!
Subject(s): Success

It's doing your job the best you can
And being just to your fellow man;
It's making money -- but holding friends
And true to your aims and ends;
It's figuring how and learning why
And looking forward and thinking high
And dreaming a little and doing much.
It's keeping always in closest touch
With what is finest in word and deed;
It's being thorough, yet making speed;
It's daring blithely the field of chance
While making labor a brave romance;
It's going onward despite defeat
And fighting stanchly, but keeping sweet;
It's being clean and it's playing fair;
It's laughing lightly at Dame Despair;
It's looking up at the stars above
And drinking deeply of life and love.
It's struggling on with the will to win
But taking loss with a cheerful grin;
It's sharing sorrow and work and mirth
And making better this good old earth;
It's serving, striving through strain and stress;
It's doing your noblest -- that's Success!

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