40 Famous Poems Of Encouragement

Be inspired by these classic famous poems of encouragement. Words written many years ago that still hold true today. These poems have encouraged many over the years and their words continue to touch people by encouraging them for many years. Read the verses and be encouraged!

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  1. Be Not Discouraged
    Poet: Daniel C. Colesworthy

    Be never discouraged —
    Look up and look on;
    When the prospect is darkest
    The cloud is withdrawn:
    The shadows that blacken
    The earth and the sky,
    Speak to the strong-hearted,
    Salvation is nigh . . . . .

  2. Cinderella Poem
    Poet: Patience Strong

    The little maid-of-all-work sits beside the firelight glow -
    The teardrops glisten in her eyes, for oh, she longs to go,
    Dressed in a gown of satin, to the splendours of the Ball -
    Poor Cinderella, dreaming in her little ragged shawl . . . . .

  3. It Cannot Be Done And They Know It
    Poet: David V. Bush

    From the days of creation, it's been just the same,
    And it will be to judgment day.
    They tell you, each one, that it cannot be done;
    At least not in this or that way. . . . .

  4. You'll Strike Your Stride
    Poet: David V. Bush

    All men, like horses, have a stride —
    To find it, they have often sighed.
    And feared themselves withheld by Fate,
    From falling in their proper gait.
    But many heroes, holding fast.
    Have found the cherished gait at last;
    So never quit the race, for you
    Will strike your stride if you push through. . . . .

  5. Retaliation
    Poet: Arthur Franklin Fuller

    He that knocks and runs away
    May live to knock some more next day —
    But he who slanders in the open
    May live to wish he had not spoken.
    Some take vengeance through the law,
    While others use a mighty paw —
    But the meanest bully takes a crack
    At helpless folk who can't fight back. . . . .

  6. Shadows
    Poet: Patience Strong

    The candlelight flings funny shapeless shadows on the wall
    And when I put the candle out the queer moon-shadows fall
    The sun casts shadows on the lawn when there are trees around
    Like stripes of blackness painted on the green and shining ground. . . . .

  7. face the sunshine

  8. Face The Sunshine
    Poet: Strickland Gillilan

    Face the sunshine — let the shadows lie behind you;
    Face the sunshine from life's dawning to its night;
    Face the sunshine, though at first its brightness blind you —
    Face the sunshine! Keep the shadows out of sight. . . . .

  9. Don't Be Impatient
    Poet: Daniel C. Colesworthy

    Don't be impatient -
    Wait, wait, wait:
    Than plunge into sorrow,
    You would better be late.
    By striving
    And driving,
    The mark is not hit:
    'Tis wiser to grope,
    And feel for a rope,
    Than fall in the pit . . . . .

  10. The Secret Of Success
    Poet: Nixon Waterman

    One day in huckleberry time, when little Johnny Flails
    And half a dozen other boys were starting with their pails
    To gather berries, Johnny's pa, in talking with him, said
    That he could tell him how to pick so he'd come out ahead . . . . .

  11. The Joy Of Life
    Poet: Berton Braley

    I'd rather risk gamely
    And lose for my trying
    Than grind around tamely -
    A cog in the mill.
    I'd rather fail greatly
    With courage undying
    Then plod on sedately
    With never a thrill . . . . .

  12. Door Of Daring
    Poet: Henry VanDyke

    The mountains that enfold the vale
    With walls of granite, steep and high,
    Invite the fearless foot to scale
    Their stairway toward the sky . . . . .

  13. never say I can't

  14. Never Say I Can't
    Poet: J.J. Thorne

    A sluggard's plea is no excuse.
    It is inferior to the little ant;
    Busy as a bee, industrious is he,
    That never says I can't . . . . .

  15. Oh! Tell Me Not
    Poet: Mary C. Ryan

    Oh! tell me not of love grown cold,
    Nor of departed hopes;
    These tales are sad and often told
    By every heart that weeps . . . . .

  16. Solitude
    Poet: Ella Wheeler Wilcox

    Laugh, and the world laughs with you;
    Weep, and you weep alone,
    For sad old earth must borrow its mirth,
    But has trouble enough of its own.
    Sing, and the hills will answer;
    Sigh, it is lost on the air,
    The echoes bound to a joyful sound,
    But shrink from voicing care . . . . .

  17. Give Every Day
    Poet: Daniel C. Colesworthy

    Let us give something every day
    For one another's weal;
    A word, to make the gloomy gay,
    Or the crushed spirit heal;
    A look, that to the heart will speak,
    Of him that's poor and old;
    A tear for her, o'er whose wan cheek
    Full many a stream has rolled . . . . .

  18. Think Before We Speak
    Poet: J.J. Thorne

    We often do not think in time,
    Our words are cold and bleak;
    Think twice with careful thought,
    Before we haste to speak . . . . .

  19. Transform The Common Task
    Poet: William Arthur Ward

    Do you seek nobility?
    Do you want your work to last?
    Using your ability
    Just transform the common task . . . . .

  20. Truth
    Poet: Daniel C. Colesworthy

    Truth will prevail, though men abhor
    The glory of its light,
    And wage exterminating war
    And put all foes to flight . . . . .

  21. Do It Better
    Poet: David V. Bush

    There's just one certain way to climb up to the top,
    Where there's plenty of room to expand,
    Where each thing's more congenial and not quite so menial,
    With chances to think and command;
    It is simple, yet not for the shirk or the drone
    Whom the bonds of dull indolence fetter.
    For the way to get there in foul weather or fair
    Is to work just a little bit better . . . . .

  22. Never Despair
    Poet: Lillian E. Curtis

    If your pathway be not smooth,
    And your future look not fair,
    Or you get vexed at some little trifle,
    Oh, don't give up in despair . . . . .

  23. Lend A Hand
    Poet: Lillian E. Curtis

    What is this world? A playhouse that God for man hath built,
    And some by fortune are favored more than others;
    Then, favored ones, upon this platform of woe, and want, and guilt,
    Oh, assist your struggling, wayside brothers!
    You, who on fortune's eminence chance to stand,
    Open the heart and lend a hand . . . . .

  24. never say fail

  25. Never Say Fail
    Poet: Daniel C. Colesworthy

    Keep pushing - 'tis wiser
    Than sitting aside,
    And dreaming and sighing,
    And waiting the tide:
    In Life's earnest battle,
    They only prevail
    Who daily march onward,
    And never say fail . . . . .

  26. Which Side Of The Bed
    Poet: David V. Bush

    Which side of the bed did you sleep in last night?
    Which side did you get out this morning?
    Is the face that you carry a dolorous sight,
    Or is there a bright smile adorning?
    You hardly need tell us which side that your head
    Lay through the long night hours a-dreaming,
    For with ease we can see what you leave all unsaid —
    Your looks — be they sullen or beaming . . . . .

  27. My Regrets To The Man Who Gives Up
    Poet: David V. Bush

    My regrets from a heart of compassion and pain,
    If you've fled from the fray and will not try again.
    For the road's just as broad, just as smooth, just as bright
    In the beckoning future, if only you'll fight.
    The men who have climbed to the uttermost peak
    Are the men who have failed, but have scorned to be weak;
    If you quit in the fight ere it draws to its end.
    You've my deepest regrets — and the hope you'll amend . . . . .

  28. Do Not Lose Your Pep
    Poet: David V. Bush

    If you've; been flayed by Failure's lash,
    Do not lose your pep!
    If you have lost your friends and cash,
    Do not lose your pep!
    The lash in time will ravel out;
    You'll gain more friends who will not doubt;
    With new-earned wealth your cares you'll flout-
    Do not lose your pep . . . . .

  29. The Successful Man
    Poet: David V. Bush

    Successful men are always kicked, they're kicked with envious wrath,
    No matter what their line may be, on life's laborious path.
    The man who wins is always kicked, they kick him black and blue;
    He's thumped with "mud" and "rotten-egged"; gets number fourteen shoe . . . . .

  30. The Gift
    Poet: Patience Strong

    It's not the price that sets the value on the gift we send -
    It's how much love goes with it -
    That's what matters in the end -
    The spirit of the giving, the affection that we feel -
    The selfless thought behind the act that makes it good and real . . . . .

  31. What So Wild As Words Are . . .
    Poet: Wilhelmina Stitch

    There's naught so wild as words that rise on temper's hot, uneven breath;
    And, taking love by swift surprise, strike deep, like spears intent on death.
    There's naught as wild as words that flow from lips that watch not what they say.
    Oh, foolish Two, you surely know that love is scarce an inch away . . . . .

  32. Be A Booster
    Poet: David V. Bush

    Boost, and the world boosts with you;
    Knock, and you knock alone;
    If you're out to win through thick and thin
    You must have the booster's tone . . . . .

  33. Hero Wanted
    Poet: Berton Braley

    A boy's heart is a light heart,
    A true heart, a clean heart.
    A boy's heart is a right heart
    If it has half a chance;
    It’s leal and kind and tender
    A knightly and a keen heart
    That glows with fire and splendor
    And thrills with high romance . . . . .

  34. The Hills Ahead
    Poet: Douglas Malloch

    The hills ahead look hard and steep and high
    And often we behold them with a sigh;
    But as we near them level grows the road,
    We find on every slope, with every load,
    The climb is not so steep, the top so far,
    The hills ahead look harder than they are . . . . .

  35. you have to believe

  36. You Have To Believe
    Poet: Douglas Malloch

    You have to believe in happiness,
    Or happiness never comes.
    I know that a bird chirps none the less
    When all that he finds is crumbs.
    You have to believe the buds will blow, -
    Believe in the grass in the days of snow;
    Ah, that's the reason a bird can sing -
    On his darkest day he believes in Spring . . . . .

  37. Encouraging Poetry
    Poet: Douglas Malloch

    I hold him dearest who aspires
    To kindle in my heart the fires
    Of best desires . . . . .

  38. It Couldn't Be Done
    Poet: Edgar A. Guest

    Somebody said that it couldn’t be done
    But he with a chuckle replied
    That "maybe it couldn’t," but he would be one
    Who wouldn’t say so till he’d tried.
    So he buckled right in with the trace of a grin
    On his face. If he worried he hid it.
    He started to sing as he tackled the thing
    That couldn’t be done, and he did it . . . . .

  39. The Junk Box
    Poet: Edgar Guest

    My father often used to say:
    "My boy, don’t throw a thing away;
    You’ll find a use for it someday . . . . .

  40. The Recipe
    Poet: Berton Braley

    It's doing your job the best you can
    And being just to your fellow man;
    It's making money - but holding friends
    And true to your aims and ends;
    It's figuring how, and learning why,
    And looking forward and thinking high,
    And dreaming little, and doing much . . . . .

  41. Opportunity
    Poet: Berton Braley

    With doubt and dismay you are smitten
    You think there's no chance for you, son?
    Why, the best books haven't been written
    The best race hasn't been run
    The best score hasn't been made yet,
    The best song hasn't been sung,
    The best tune hasn't been played yet,
    Cheer up, for the world is young . . . . .

  42. Start Where You Stand
    Poet: Berton Braley

    Start where you stand and never mind the past,
    The past won't help you in beginning new,
    If you have left it all behind at last
    Why, that's enough, you're done with it, you're through;
    This is another chapter in the book,
    This is another race that you have planned,
    Don't give the vanished days a backward look,
    Start where you stand . . . . .

  43. The Builders
    Poet: Berton Braley

    Never a jungle is penetrated,
    Never an unknown sea is dared,
    Never adventure is consummated,
    Never a faint new trail is fared,
    But that some dreamer has had the vision
    Which leads men on to the ends of earth,
    That laughs at doubting, and scorns derision,
    And falters not at the cynic s mirth . . . . .

  44. Little Further
    Poet: Berton Braley The reason I never can quit the road
    Is a reason that's plain and clear.
    It's because no matter where I may stop
    And whether it's far or near . . . . .

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