by Edgar Guest
The man who wants a garden fair,
or small or very big,
with flowers growing here and there,
must bend his back and dig.
The things are mighty few on earth
that wishes can attain;
whate’er we want of any worth
we’ve got to work to gain.
It matters not what goal you seek,
its secret here reposes:
you’ve got to dig from week to week
to get results and roses.
From his book, A Heap O’ Livin’
© 1916 by the Reilly & Britton Company