By Evelyn Fjeldsted
If one can work a score of years
To prove a fact that few can see
And still, undaunted, can persist–
This is an unseen victory.
If condemnation one must face
Because of someone’s treachery,
If he can know that truth in time
Will free – this, too, is victory.
If through misfortune one has lost
His earthly goods and trusted friends,
If he with hope can build again–
This, we agree, is victory.
But if one can keep his faith and meet
With courage what must seem to be
The ultimate defeat of life–
This is the crowning victory.