I am the Unseen Spirit which informs
All subtle essence! I flame in fire,
I shine in Sun and Moon,planets and stars!
I blow with the winds,roll with the waves!
I am the man and woman,youth and maid!
The babe newborn, the withered ancient, propped
Upon his staff! I am Whatever isâ€”
The black bee and the tiger and the fish,
The green birds with red eyes, the tree,
the grass,The cloud that hath the lightning in its womb,
The seasons and the seas!
In Me they are,In Me begin and end.
If you want a thing bad enough
To go out and fight for it,
Work day and night for it,
Give up your time and your peace and
your sleep for it
If only desire of it
Makes you quite mad enough
Never to tire of it,
Makes you hold all other things tawdry
and cheap for it
If life seems all empty and useless without it
And all that you scheme and you dream is about it,
If gladly you’ll sweat for it,
Fret for it, Plan for it,
Lose all your terror of God or man for it,
If you’ll simply go after that thing that you want.
With all your capacity,
Strength and sagacity,
Faith, hope and confidence, stern pertinacity,
If neither cold poverty, famished and gaunt,
Nor sickness nor pain
Of body or brain
Can turn you away from the thing that you want,
If dogged and grim you besiege and beset it,
You’ll get it!