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I Can
By Edgar Guest

Figure it out for yourself my lad. You’ve got all that the great have had. Two arms, two legs, two hands, two eyes, and a brain to use if you’d be wise. With this equipment they all began, so start for the top and say “I Can.”

Look them over the wise and the great. They take their food from a common plate. With similar knives and forks they use, with similar laces they tie their shoes. The world consider them brave and smart, but you know – you’ve got all they had when they made their start.

You can triumph and come to skill, you can be great if you only will. You’re well equipped for the fight you choose, you have arms and legs and brains to use. And people who have risen, great deeds to do, started their lives with no more than you.

You are the handicap you must face. You are the one who must choose your place. You must say where you want to go. How much you’ll study the truth to know. God has equipped you for life, but he lets you decide what you want to be.

The courage must come from the soul within, you must furnish the will to win. So figure it out for yourself my lad, you were born with all the great have had. With your equipment they all began, so start for the top and say “I Can.”

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