It Couldn’t Be Done

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It Couldn’t Be Done. . .

  • Somebody said that it couldn’t be done
  • But he with a chuckle replied
  • That “maybe it couldn’t,” but he would be one
  • Who wouldn’t say so till he tried.
  • So he buckled right in with the trace of a grin
  • On his face. If he worried he hid it.
  • He started to sing as he tackled the thing
  • That couldn’t be done, and he did it!
  • Somebody scoffed: “Oh, you’ll never do that;
  • At least no one ever has done it;”
  • But he took off his coat and he took off his hat
  • and the first thing we knew he’d begun it.
  • With a lift of his chin and a bit of a grin,
  • Without any doubting or quiddit,
  • He started to sing as he tackled the thing
  • That couldn’t be done and he did it.
  • There are thousands to tell you it cannot be done,
  • There are thousands to prophesy failure,
  • There are thousands to point out to you one by one,
  • The dangers that wait to assail you.
  • But just buckle in with a bit of a grin,
  • Just take off your coat and go to it;
  • Just start in to sing as you tackle the thing
  • That “cannot be done,” and you’ll do it.

Author: Edgar Albert Guest (1881-1959)

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I first heard this in a sermon, but when I googled, the resource up came literally in hundreds of places. This Edgar Albert Guest poem  is quite popular. Here are a few places where it has been published: