Thursday, 5 September 2013

A Price to be Paid - Edgar A Guest

I'd like to tell all people
And I wish I knew the way
That for all the future offers
There is a price for them to pay

For who would be a Doctor
And soothe and save the ill
Must earn with years of study
The wisdom and the skill

It matters not the station
Or profession or the trade
Success has certain charges
Which must in full be paid

One is patient study
With which you knowledge buy
Another, after failure
Is the pluck again to try

It's this I'd tell all people
Whatever you wish to be
You will be in the future
If you will pay the fee

For it's only by devotion
And courage respect is earned
And long and patient effort
That wisdom can be learned