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You Will Be What You Will To Be

You will what you will to be; Let failure find its false content In that poor word “environment,” But spirit scorns it, and is free

It masters time, it conquers space, It cowes that boastful trickster Chance, And bids the tyrant Circumstance Uncrown and fill a servant’s place.

The human Will, that force unseen, The offspring of a deathless Soul, Can hew the way to any goal, Though walls of granite intervene,

Be not impatient in delay, But wait as one who understands; When spirit rises and commands, The gods are ready to obey.

The river seeking for the sea Confronts the dam and precipice, Yet knows it cannot fail or miss; You will be what you will to be!

Ella Wheeler Wilcox - Poems of Power - W.B. Conkey Publishers, Chicago, 1902 [ Credit : http://www.concentric.net/~conure/will.shtml ]

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