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Poème "Don't quit" accroché dans un quartier pauvre de Manille - Christophem.com

Photographie d’un extrait du poème de John Greenleaf Whittier, dans le quartier pauvre de Malate à Manille, la capitale des Philippines. Texte spirituel du 19e siècle qui prend une résonance particulière dans cette zone d’habitation précaire où vit une population défavorisée qui doit lutter pour vivre.

Don’t Quit
When things go wrong, as they sometimes will,
When the road you’re trudging seems all uphill,
When the funds are low and the debts are high,
And you want to smile, but you 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 every one of us sometimes learns,
And many a failure turns about
When he might have won if he had stuck it out,
Don’t give up, though the pace seems slow-
You may succeed with another blow.

Often the goal is nearer than
It seems to a faint and faltering man;
Often the struggler has given up
When he might have captured the victor’s cup,
And he learned too late when the night slipped down,
How close he was to the golden crown.

Success is failure turned inside out-
The silver tint of the clouds of doubt,
And you never can tell just how close you are-
It may be near when it seems so far;
So stick to the fight when you’re hardest hit-
It’s when things seem worst that you must not quit.