The Quitter – Robert Service

Dec 27, 2008 by

The following is a poem by Robert Service written during his days in the Yukon, when he wrote many of his famous Yukon ballads. When you are feeling very low there are a number of thoughts you can relate with, especially the final sentence.

When you’re lost in the Wild, and scared as a child,
And death looks you bang in the eye,
And you’re sore as a boil, it’s according to Hoyle
To cock your revolver and . . . die.
But the Code of a Man says: “Fight all you can,”
And self-dissolution is barred.
In hunger and woe, oh, it’s easy to blow . . .
It’s the hell-served-for-breakfast that’s hard.

“You’re sick of the game!” Well, now, that’s a shame.
You’re young and you’re brave and you’re bright.
You’ve had a raw deal!” I know – but don’t squeal,
Buck up, do you’re darndest, and fight.
It’s the plugging away that will win the day,
So don’t be a piker, old pard!
Just draw on your grit; it’s so easy to quit:
It’s the keeping-your-chin-up that’s hard.

It’s easy to cry that you’re beaten – and die;
It’s easy to crawfish and crawl;
But to fight and to fight when hope’s out of sight -
Why, that’s the best game of them all!
And though you come out of each gruelling bout,
All broken and beaten and scarred,
Just have one more try – it’s dead easy to die,
It’s the keeping-on-living that’s hard.

Thanks to Jesus we have a great hope, and even though the keeping-on-living can be very difficult on some days, we look to a better hope and a bright future in the Kingdom. Play the best game of them all – walking in intimacy with Jesus!

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