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Stedman and Hutchinson, comps.  A Library of American Literature:
An Anthology in Eleven Volumes.  1891.
Vols. IX–XI: Literature of the Republic, Part IV., 1861–1889
 
Will
By Ella Wheeler Wilcox (1850–1919)
 
THERE is no chance, no destiny, no fate,
  Can circumvent or hinder or control
  The firm resolve of a determined soul.
Gifts count for nothing; will alone is great;
All things give way before it, soon or late.        5
  What obstacle can stay the mighty force
  Of the sea-seeking river in its course,
Or cause the ascending orb of day to wait?
Each well-born soul must win what it deserves.
Let the fool prate of luck. The fortunate        10
  Is he whose earnest purpose never swerves,
  Whose slightest action or inaction serves
The one great aim.
                Why, even Death stands still,
And waits an hour sometimes for such a will.
 
 
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