14 Poems About Strength

Be encouraged and inspired by these poems about strength. Where do we draw our strength from?

Our determination and fortitude can give us the strength we need to accomplish goals and not give up. Being able to persevere and overcome challenges moves us in the direction we need to go.

And then there are times in our lives when we need strength just to make it through the day. Life challenges can overwhelm us. We need higher strength and we turn to God to give us the energy that we need.

We hope these poems give you words to encourage you and draw strength from.


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  1. Strength
    Poet: Mrs. M. A. Kidder


    Strength for to-day is all that we need,
    As there will never be a to-morrow;
    For to-morrow will prove but another to-day,
    With its measure of joy and sorrow.

    Then why forecast the trials of life
    With much sad and grave persistence.
    And wait and watch for a crowd of ills
    That as yet have no existence?

    Strength for to- day; what a precious boon
    For earnest souls who labor —
    For the willing hands that minister
    To the needy friend and neighbour.

    Strength for to-day, that the weary hearts
    In the battle for right may quail not,
    And the eyes bedimmed by bitter tears
    In their search for life may quail not

    Strength for to-day, on the down-hill track,
    For the travelers near the valley,
    That up, far up, the other side
    Ere long they may safely rally.

    Strength for to-day-that our precious youth
    May happily shun temptation,
    And build, from the rise to the set of the sun,
    On a strong and sure foundation.

    Strength for to-day, in house and home
    To practise forbearance sweetly;
    To scatter kind words and loving deeds,
    Still trusting in God completely.

    Strength for to-day is all that we need,
    As there never will be a to-morrow;
    For to-morrow will prove but another to-day.
    With its measure of joy and sorrow.



  2. It Takes Strength  & Courage
    Poet: Unknown


    It takes strength to be firm,
    It takes courage to be gentle.

    It takes strength to conquer,
    It takes courage to surrender.

    It takes strength to be certain,
    It takes courage to have doubt.

    It takes strength to fit in,
    It takes courage to stand out.

    It takes strength to feel a friend's pain,
    It takes courage to feel your own pain.

    It takes strength to endure abuse,
    It takes courage to stop it.

    It takes strength to stand alone,
    It takes courage to lean on another.

    It takes strength to love,
    It takes courage to be loved.

    It takes strength to survive,
    It takes courage to live



  3. A Little Prayer
    Poet: Unknown


    If any little word of mine
    May make a life the brighter;
    If any little song of mine
    May make a heart the lighter,
    God help me speak the little word.
    And take my bit of singing,
    And drop it in some lonely vale
    To set the echoes ringing.

    If any little love of mine
    May make a life the sweeter;
    If any little care of mine
    May make a friend's the fleeter;
    If any little lift may ease
    The burden of another,
    God give me love, and care and strength
    To help my toiling brother.



  4. Grant Me
    Poet: Edgar A. Guest


    Grant me, 0 Lord, the strength today
    For every task which comes my way.
    Cover my eyes and make me blind
    To petty faults I should not find.

    Open my eyes and let me see
    The friend my neighbor tries to be.
    Teach me; when duty seems severe,
    To see my purpose shining clear.

    Let me at noon time rest content
    The half-day bravely lived and spent.
    And when the night slips down, let me
    Unstained and undishonored be.

    Grant me to live this one day through
    Up to the best that I can do.



  5. Be Strong
    Poet: Maltbie D. Babcock


    Be Strong!
    We are not here to play, to dream, to drift.
    We have hard work to do, and loads to lift.
    Shun not the struggle; face it. 'Tis God's gift.

    Be Strong!
    Say not the days are evil - Who's to blame?
    And fold the hands and acquiesce - O shame!
    Stand up, speak out, and bravely, in God's name.

    Be Strong!
    It matters not how deep intrenched the wrong,
    How hard the battle goes, the day how long,
    Faint not, fight on! Tomorrow comes the song!



  6. Strength Is
    by Edward Evertt Hale


    Strength is success.
    Strength to be,
    Strength to do,
    Strength to love,
    Strength to live.
    It is not happiness,
    It is not amusement,
    It is not content.
    These will come
    But they are not the object.



  7. Battle Every Day
    Poet: Unknown


    If a trouble binds you, break it;
    Life is often what we make it,
    Good or ill - and so we take it;
    Let not disappointment fret you,
    If a seeming ill beset you,
    Cast it off, and hopeful get you
    On your way -
    As you make it, so you take it,
    In the battle every day.

    If your genius slumber, wake it;
    For our life is what we make it;
    As we shape it, so we take it;
    If we hunt for care or sorrow,
    We shall only always borrow
    Trouble from a better morrow
    Every day -
    As we make it, so we take it -
    So the life will run away.

    If the heart is thirsty, slake it;
    If a blessing offers, take it;
    For our life is what we make it;
    Joy abounds in happy faces;
    Pleasure lives in rosy places;
    Let us court the goodly graces
    By the way;
    And we'll take it as we make it
    In the battle every day.

    Dig the garden, smooth it, rake it;
    For the math is what you make it;
    As you work it. so you take it;
    Sit not idly hoping, dreaming -
    Wrapt in fancy's futile teeming;
    Victory does not come by scheming -
    Strike and stay!
    As you make it, so you take it,
    If you faint not by the way.



  8. Take This Honey
    Poet: Unknown


    Then take this honey for the bitterest cup:
    There is no failure, save in giving up;
    No real fall so long as one still tries.
    For seeming setbacks make the strong men wise.
    There's no defeat, in truth, save from within;
    Unless you're beaten there, you're bound to win.



  9. Aspiration And Energy
    by J. R. Miller


    Each one's battle must be a personal one.
    We may decline the struggle,
    But it will be declining also the joy of victory.

    No one can reach the summit without climbing
    The steep mountain-path.
    We cannot be borne up on any strong shoulder.
    No one, not even God, can carry us up.

    Heaven does not put features of beauty into our lives
    As the jeweller sets gems in clusters in a coronet.
    The unlovely elements are not removed and replaced
    By lovely ones like slides in the stereopticon.

    Each must win his way through struggles
    And efforts to all noble attainments.
    The help of God is given only in co-operation with
    Human aspiration and energy.



  10. Look Forward
    by C. G. Ames


    We must "look forward and not backward;"
    We must learn the grace of self-forgiveness.

    If we sit and brood over our weaknesses,
    Over the waywardness and the wanderings of
    Heart and life that have made our path so crooked

    If we dwell on our mistakes, follies, and sins
    All strength will go out of us,

    And we shall sink in a
    Bottomless abyss of despair.



  11. Deepen Thy Roots
    by J. Sharp


    Force not thy upward growth, but first of all
    Deepen thy roots, then may'st thou well sustain
    The rays of sunlight that upon thee fall,
    And, without withering, all thy strength retain.
    Plants that have little else but leaf and flower,
    However bright their hue, live but their little hour.



  12. Whatever Happens
    by M. Aurelius


    Whatever happens,
    either you have strength to bear it,
    or you have not.

    If you have, exert your nature,
    And never murmur at the matter.

    But if the weight is too heavy for you,
    Do not complain; it will crush you,
    And then destroy itself.

    And here you are to remember
    That to think a thing tolerable
    And endurable is the way to make it so.



  13. Three Words Of Strength
    Poet: Friedrich Schiller


    There are three lessons I would write —
    Three words as with a burning pen,
    In tracings of eternal light
    Upon the hearts of men.

    Have Hope. Though clouds environ round
    And gladness hides her face in scorn,
    Put off the shadow from thy brow —
    No night but hath its morn.

    Have Faith. Where'er thy bark is driven —
    The claims disport, the tempest's mirth —
    Know this: God rules the hosts of heaven,
    The inhabitants of earth.

    Have Love. Not love alone for one;
    But man, as man, thy brother call;
    And scatter, like the circling sun,
    Thy charities on all.

    Thus grave these lessons on thy soul —
    Hope, Faith and Love, and thou shalt find
    Strength, when life's surges rudest roll.
    Light, when thou else were blind.



  14. I Pray For Strength
    Poet: William C. Richards


    I pray for strength, O God!
    To bear all loads that on my shoulders press
    Of Thy directing or Thy chastening rod,
    Lest from their growing stress
    My spirit sinks in utter helplessness.

    I pray for strength to run
    In duty's narrowest paths, nor turn aside
    In broader ways that glow in Pleasure’s sun,
    Lest I grow satisfied, —
    Where Thou, from me, Thy smiling face must hide.

    I pray for strength to wait,
    Submissive, when I cannot see my way;
    Or, if my feet would haste, some close-barred gate
    Bids my hot zeal delay,
    Or, to some by-path, turns their steps astray.

    I pray for strength to live
    To all Life’s noble ends, prompt, just and true,
    Myself, my service, unto all to give,
    And giving, yet renew
    My store for bounty, all life’s journey through.

    I pray, O God, for strength,
    When, as Life’s love and labors find surcease,
    Cares, crosses, burdens, to lay down at length,
    And so, with joy’s increase,
    To die, if not in triumph, — in Thy peace.

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