Wednesday, September 09, 2015

Maltbie says Be Strong

From September 2005.


Be Strong

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-oh 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! To-morrow come the song.

Maltbie Davenport Babcock

Wouldn't that poem make nice copywork?

After the comforting has been done...I think we can all use a big dose of courage.

Press on.
Be strong.

"We are not here to play, the dream, to drift"

Be strong.

And hey! If your were a man with the name Maltbie you might need this kind of encouragement to make it through grade school! :o)


I am going through my whole blog and writing down posts that I think might be nice in a Quiet Life book.  I have no idea what I am doing but I am doing it anyway.  Just taking a step in that direction.

I spotted this one just this morning.

Maltbie.   Still makes me smile.

Encourage one another,


  1. Amy J in WI2:45 PM

    I would be first in line to buy a Quiet Life book :).

  2. Since this a place where cutting in line would be inappropriate, I will say I would be second in line. Reluctantly second. Second only to Amy J in WI. (-:

    Quiet Life: The Book. Happy thought, indeed.


  3. I have thought about making booklets out of my blog posts... but when it comes down to making the decision, laying out the photos, and positioning the text, I get bogged down. ;-(

    "Maltbie" - this guy's mother's maiden name. I love the hat tip to heritage, when using surnames as first names. We do that a lot in the South. My first daughter is called *Giles*, my maternal grandmother's maiden name.... and my middle name

  4. Anonymous3:50 PM

    Hi Donna,
    I would happily get in line behind Amy and Di to purchase a book made by you with all your quotes and beautiful photos.


  5. Save a place in line for me, somebody!

    I really like the artwork. And of course the poem.

  6. "Faint not-fight on! To-morrow come the song."

    I sure needed to read this today.
    Oh, how I wait to hear (and sing) that song!

  7. I couldn't get past the first two words. "Be Strong" I can't find the strength lately, so the title spoke to me! Timely, as usual Miz Boo!

  8. I would be next in line for you book Donna!!

  9. You can tell we all love your words here, Donna!

  10. Anonymous8:59 AM

    If you write it, we will buy it!
    You have the nose for good prose and the eye for the light.
    A book by Miz Boo would be oh so right!
    contributed with love and prayers, jep ;)

  11. I think we are here to be strong and play and dream and work hard. all of the above maltbie, all of the above. :)

    also funny you put that poem with a child's impressionist picture of leaves blowing. pretty dreamy....and strong. to me.

    1. I had a heck of a time picking a strong picture. I looked and looked... But when I saw this... And it's such a likable picture :)

  12. The news these days is just too much....this poem makes me cry and I feel full of hope. Thank you for sharing. xoxo


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