The Good Conceit

Original Text: 
The Collected Poems of T. W. H. Crosland (London: Martin Secker, 1917): 203. PR 4518 C686A17
[After W. E. Henley]
2     And blots the stars and seldom lifts,
3I thank whatever gods may be
4     For my indubitable gifts.
5Under the whip, upon the setts,
6     Men drive me many a galling mile;
7My stock of editors' regrets
8     Would fill a barrow, but -- I smile.
9Fast by this trade of wind and wit
10     I mean to hold till life be done,
11And every year I stay in it
12     Finds, and shall find me, tugging on.
13It matters not how stiff and sheer
14     The climb -- how difficult the sum,
15I am the man they've got to hear!

Notes

1] This poem adapts W. E. Henley's great poem "Invictus." Back to Line
16] come: to advance to success. Back to Line
Publication Start Year: 
1899
Publication Notes: 
The Absent-minded Mule, and other Occasional Verses (1899).
RPO poem Editors: 
Ian Lancashire
RPO Edition: 
2002
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