Paul Laurence Dunbar
Paul Laurence Dunbar, 1872-1906

Keep A-Pluggin’ Away
by Paul Laurence Dunbar
[from Lyrics of Lowly Life, 1896]


I ‘ve a humble little motto
That is homely, though it ‘s true,–
     Keep a-pluggin’ away.
It ‘s a thing when I ‘ve an object
That I always try to do,–
     Keep a-pluggin’ away.
When you’ve rising storms to quell,
When opposing waters swell,
It will never fail to tell,–
     Keep a-pluggin’ away.

If the hills are high before
And the paths are hard to climb,
     Keep a-pluggin’ away.
And remember that successes
Come to him who bides his time,–
     Keep a-pluggin’ away.
From the greatest to the least,
None are from the rule released.
Be thou toiler, poet, priest,
     Keep a-pluggin’ away.

Delve away beneath the surface,
There is treasure farther down,–
     Keep a-pluggin’ away.
Let the rain come down in torrents,
Let the threat’ning heavens frown,
     Keep a-pluggin’ away.
When the clouds have rolled away,
There will come a brighter day
All your labor to repay,–
     Keep a-pluggin’ away.


There’ll be lots of sneers to swallow,
There’ll be lots of pain to bear,–
     Keep a-pluggin’ away.
If you ‘ve got your eye on heaven,
Some bright day you’ll wake up there,–
     Keep a-pluggin’ away.
Perseverance still is king;
Time its sure reward will bring;
Work and wait unwearying,–
     Keep a-pluggin’ away.


 

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