Good Luck and Bad ~ Grantland Rice

Good Luck and Bad


Grantland Rice


GOOD Luck is like a down hill tide 
That helps to make an easy start, 
Where one may paddle, drift or glide
Without much effort on his part;


But though it takes you to the goal
And brings you in the world's acclaim, 
It builds no fibre for your soul
Nor molds you for the rougher game. 


Bad Luck is like an uphill sweep,
The test of courage and of class, 
Where troubles grow and shadows creep
And none except the valiant pass ;


Where through raw gales that blow but ill
The entry clings to this lone dream : 
The stalwart only stalks the hill
The gamefish only swims up stream. 


If your main wish is but to win
Let Good Luck help to pull you through, 
To know the cheering and the din
That go where laurel sprigs are due ;


But if you wish to build a heart
That scorns the fickle whims of Fate, 
Take Hard Luck for the journey's start
With rugged Trouble for a mate. 

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