22 Short Poems About Strength And Courage

The best Poems About Strength are collected here to increase strength and enthusiasm. It takes courage and strength to face the various challenges and obstacles of life. One can never be successful if he overcomes the difficulties that come his way and gives up trying. Be courageous and move forward because people always support successful people. Let’s read Poems About Strength And Courage.

Strength Is
by Edward Evertt Hale

Strength is success.
Strength to be,
Strength to do,
Strength to love,
Strength to live.
It is not happiness,
It is not amusement,
It is not content.
These will come
But they are not the object.

poems about strength and courage
Poems about strength and courage


Look Forward
by C. G. Ames

We must “look forward and not backward;”
We must learn the grace of self-forgiveness.

If we sit and brood over our weaknesses,
Over the waywardness and the wanderings of
Heart and life that have made our path so crooked

If we dwell on our mistakes, follies, and sins
All strength will go out of us,

And we shall sink in a
Bottomless abyss of despair.

short poems about strength
Short poems about strength


Be Strong
Maltbie D. Babcock

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 – O 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! Tomorrow comes the song!

poems for strength and healing
Poems for strength and healing


Three Words Of Strength
by Friedrich Schiller

There are three lessons I would write 
Three words as with a burning pen,
In tracings of eternal light
Upon the hearts of men.

Have Hope. Though clouds environ round
And gladness hides her face in scorn,
Put off the shadow from thy brow 
No night but hath its morn.

Have Faith. Where’er thy bark is driven 
The claims disport, the tempest’s mirth 
Know this: God rules the hosts of heaven,
The inhabitants of earth.

Have Love. Not love alone for one;
But man, as man, thy brother call;
And scatter, like the circling sun,
Thy charities on all.

Thus grave these lessons on thy soul 
Hope, Faith and Love, and thou shalt find
Strength, when life’s surges rudest roll.
Light, when thou else were blind.

three words of power


Whatever Happens
by M. Aurelius

Whatever happens,
either you have strength to bear it,
or you have not.

If you have, exert your nature,
And never murmur at the matter.

But if the weight is too heavy for you,
Do not complain; it will crush you,
And then destroy itself.

And here you are to remember
That to think a thing tolerable
And endurable is the way to make it so.

what ever happens poem


Mrs. M. A. Kidder

Strength for to-day is all that we need,
As there will never be a to-morrow;
For to-morrow will prove but another to-day,
With its measure of joy and sorrow.

Then why forecast the trials of life
With much sad and grave persistence.
And wait and watch for a crowd of ills
That as yet have no existence?

Strength for to- day; what a precious boon
For earnest souls who labor 
For the willing hands that minister
To the needy friend and neighbour.

Strength for to-day, that the weary hearts
In the battle for right may quail not,
And the eyes bedimmed by bitter tears
In their search for life may quail not

Strength for to-day, on the down-hill track,
For the travelers near the valley,
That up, far up, the other side
Ere long they may safely rally.

Strength for to-day-that our precious youth
May happily shun temptation,
And build, from the rise to the set of the sun,
On a strong and sure foundation.

Strength for to-day, in house and home
To practise forbearance sweetly;
To scatter kind words and loving deeds,
Still trusting in God completely.

Strength for to-day is all that we need,
As there never will be a to-morrow;
For to-morrow will prove but another to-day.
With its measure of joy and sorrow.


Grant Me
Edgar A. Guest

Grant me, 0 Lord, the strength today
For every task which comes my way.
Cover my eyes and make me blind
To petty faults I should not find.

Open my eyes and let me see
The friend my neighbor tries to be.
Teach me; when duty seems severe,
To see my purpose shining clear.

Let me at noon time rest content
The half-day bravely lived and spent.
And when the night slips down, let me
Unstained and undishonored be.

Grant me to live this one day through
Up to the best that I can do.


Aspiration And Energy
by J. R. Miller

Each one’s battle must be a personal one.
We may decline the struggle,
But it will be declining also the joy of victory.

No one can reach the summit without climbing
The steep mountain-path.
We cannot be borne up on any strong shoulder.
No one, not even God, can carry us up.

Heaven does not put features of beauty into our lives
As the jeweller sets gems in clusters in a coronet.
The unlovely elements are not removed and replaced
By lovely ones like slides in the stereopticon.

Each must win his way through struggles
And efforts to all noble attainments.
The help of God is given only in co-operation with
Human aspiration and energy.


Deepen Thy Roots
by J. Sharp

Force not thy upward growth, but first of all
Deepen thy roots, then may’st thou well sustain
The rays of sunlight that upon thee fall,
And, without withering, all thy strength retain.
Plants that have little else but leaf and flower,
However bright their hue, live but their little hour.


I Pray For Strength
by William C. Richards

I pray for strength, O God!
To bear all loads that on my shoulders press
Of Thy directing or Thy chastening rod,
Lest from their growing stress
My spirit sinks in utter helplessness.

I pray for strength to run
In duty’s narrowest paths, nor turn aside
In broader ways that glow in Pleasure’s sun,
Lest I grow satisfied, 
Where Thou, from me, Thy smiling face must hide.

I pray for strength to wait,
Submissive, when I cannot see my way;
Or, if my feet would haste, some close-barred gate
Bids my hot zeal delay,
Or, to some by-path, turns their steps astray.

I pray for strength to live
To all Life’s noble ends, prompt, just and true,
Myself, my service, unto all to give,
And giving, yet renew
My store for bounty, all life’s journey through.

I pray, O God, for strength,
When, as Life’s love and labors find surcease,
Cares, crosses, burdens, to lay down at length,
And so, with joy’s increase,
To die, if not in triumph, in Thy peace.


W. T. Field

Be strong today; the world needs men
Of nerve and muscle, heart and brain,
To war for truth and conquer wrong.
The fight is on; the foes combine;
The order passes down the line,
“Quit you like men; be strong.”

Be strong; the world hath also need
Of feet to ache and hearts to bleed;
Burdens there are to bear along;
But, though the end, we may not see,
‘Tis not the meanest destiny
To bear and to be strong.

Be strong, but not in self. Go whence
The breathings of Omnipotence
Shall sweep the nerve-strings full and long,
And from their impulse shall arise
Those deep, celestial harmonies
That comfort and make strong.

And patience, too, must come to rest
Within the striving, throbbing breast
That thinks tomorrow all too long,
Thus filling out in breadth and length
The perfect character – for strength
Unbridled is not strong.

Yes, right must win, since God is just;
Our hardest lesson is to trust,
But his great plan still moves along
Today is but the chrysalis
That holds tomorrow; feeling this,
Be patient and be strong.

Each hath his mission. If it be
My lot to toil, but not to see
The fruits which to my toil belong,
I know One whose all-seeing eye
My humblest task shall glorify,
And he shall make me strong.


Little Things
Ellen P. Allerton

We call him strong who stands unmoved –
Calm as some tempest-beaten rock –
When some great trouble hurls its shock;
We say of him, “His strength is proved”:
But when the spent storm folds its wings,
How bears he then life’s little things?

We call him great that does some deed
That echo bears from shore to shore –
Does that, and then does nothing more;
Yet would his work earn richer meed,
When brought before the King of kings,
Were he but great in little things.

We closely guard our castle gates
When great temptations loudly knock;
Draw every bolt, clinch every lock,
And sternly fold our bars and gates;
Yet some small door wide open swings
At the sly touch of little things.

But what is life? Drops make the sea;
And petty cares and small events
Small causes and small consequents,
Make up the sum for you and me;
Then, oh, for strength to meet the stings,
That arm the points of little things!


by William Wordsworth

I marvel how Nature could ever find space
For so many strange contrasts in one human face:
There’s thought and no thought, and there’s paleness and bloom
And bustle and sluggishness, pleasure and gloom.

There’s weakness, and strength both redundant and vain;
Such strength as, if ever affliction and pain
Could pierce through a temper that’s soft to disease,
Would be rational peace–a philosopher’s ease.

There’s indifference, alike when he fails or succeeds,
And attention full ten times as much as there needs;
Pride where there’s no envy, there’s so much of joy;
And mildness, and spirit both forward and coy.

There’s freedom, and sometimes a diffident stare
Of shame scarcely seeming to know that she’s there,
There’s virtue, the title it surely may claim,
Yet wants heaven knows what to be worthy the name.

This picture from nature may seem to depart,
Yet the Man would at once run away with your heart;
And I for five centuries right gladly would be
Such an odd such a kind happy creature as he.


Give Me Strength
by Rabindranath Tagore

This is my prayer to thee, my lord—strike,
strike at the root of penury in my heart.
Give me the strength lightly to bear my joys and sorrows.
Give me the strength to make my love fruitful in service.
Give me the strength never to disown the poor or bend my knees before insolent might.
Give me the strength to raise my mind high above daily trifles.
And give me the strength to surrender my strength to thy will with love.


Sonnet 23: As An Unperfect Actor On The Stage
by William Shakespeare

As an unperfect actor on the stage
Who with his fear is put beside his part,
Or some fierce thing replete with too much rage,
Whose strength’s abundance weakens his own heart,
So I, for fear of trust, forget to say
The perfect ceremony of love’s rite,
And in mine own love’s strength seem to decay,
O’ercharged with burden of mine own love’s might.
O, let my books be then the eloquence
And dumb presagers of my speaking breast,
Who plead for love, and look for recompense
More than that tongue that more hath more expressed.
O, learn to read what silent love hath writ,
To hear with eyes belongs to love’s fine wit.


Naming Of Parts
by Henry Reed

Today we have naming of parts. Yesterday,
We had daily cleaning. And tomorrow morning,
We shall have what to do after firing. But today,
Today we have naming of parts. Japonica
Glistens likecoral in all the neighboring gardens,
And today we have naming of parts.

This is the lower sling swivel. And this
Is the upper sling swivel, whose use you will see,
When you are given your slings. And this is the piling swivel,
Which in your case you have not got. The branches
Hold in the gardens their silent, eloquent gestures,
Which in our case we have not got.

This is the safety-catch, which is always released
With an easy flick of the thumb. And please do not let me
See anyone using his finger. You can do it quite easy
If you have any strength in your thumb. The blossoms
Are fragile and motionless, never letting anyone see
Any of them using their finger.

And this you can see is the bolt. The purpose of this
Is to open the breech, as you see. We can slide it
Rapidly backwards and forwards: we call this
Easing the spring. And rapidly backwards and forwards
The early bees are assaulting and fumbling the flowers:
They call it easing the Spring.

They call it easing the Spring: it is perfectly easy
If you have any strength in your thumb: like the bolt,
And the breech, the cocking-piece, and the point of balance,
Which in our case we have not got; and the almond blossom
Silent in all of the gardens and the bees going backwards and forwards,
For today we have the naming of parts.


To Sleep
by John Keats

O SOFT embalmer of the still midnight!
Shutting, with careful fingers and benign,
Our gloom-pleas’d eyes, embower’d from the light,
Enshaded in forgetfulness divine;
O soothest Sleep! if so it please thee, close,
In midst of this thine hymn, my willing eyes.
Or wait the Amen, ere thy poppy throws
Around my bed its lulling charities;
Then save me, or the passed day will shine
Upon my pillow, breeding many woes;
Save me from curious conscience, that still hoards
Its strength for darkness, burrowing like a mole;
Turn the key deftly in the oiled wards,
And seal the hushed casket of my soul.


A Poem Of Peace And Strength
by indira babbellapati

That which allows one
To stay put amidst chaos
That’s peace

That which makes one stand
And walk straight in pain
That’s strength!

Where there’s peace
There lies strength!


To A Young Artist
by Robinson Jeffers

It is good for strength not to be merciful
To its own weakness, good for the deep urn to run
over, good to explore
The peaks and the deeps, who can endure it,
Good to be hurt, who can be healed afterward: but
you that have whetted consciousness
Too bitter an edge, too keenly daring,
So that the color of a leaf can make you tremble
and your own thoughts like harriers
Tear the live mind: were your bones mountains,
Your blood rivers to endure it? and all that labor
of discipline labors to death.
Delight is exquisite, pain is more present;
You have sold the armor, you have bought shining
with burning, one should be stronger than
To fight baresark in the stabbing field
In the rage of the stars: I tell you unconsciousness
is the treasure, the tower, the fortress;
Referred to that one may live anything;
The temple and the tower: poor dancer on the flints
and shards in the temple porches, turn home.


Women Of Courage
by Kathy L. Goings

Women of courage, women of strength ,
Women of faith and devotion.
Mothers of children with spirits so strong
Who may have unbridled imaginations. REFRAIN: They are women, women of courage
They are Christians, towers of strength.
They are women who put Jesus first in life
Show’ ring His love on all those they greet. Women with losses, women who love,
Whose strength and whose courage comes from above,
Whether they’re mothers; or loving Aunties,
It’s plain to see Jesus’ love shines through them. REFRAIN: They are women, women of courage
They are Christians, towers of strength.
They are women who put Jesus first in life
Show’ring His love on all those they greet. Women I work with, women I know,
Whether at church, or other places I go.
Women whose spirits are battered by pain,
But Christ lifts them up, and they go on again. REFRAIN: They are women, women of courage
They are Christians, towers of strength.
They are women who put Jesus first in life
Show’ring His love on all those they greet.


I Will Be Worthy Of It
by Ella Wheeler Wilcox

I may not reach the heights I seek,
My untried strength may fail me;
Or, halfway up the mountain peak
Fierce tempests may assail me.
But though that place I never gain,
Herein lies the comfort for my pain 
I will be worthy of it.

I may not triumph in success,
Despite my earnest labour;
I may not grasp results that bless
The efforts of my neighbour.
But though my goal I never see,
This thought shall always dwell with me 
I will be worthy of it.

The golden glory of Love’s light
May never fall on my way;
My path may always lead through night,
Like some deserted by-way.
But though life’s dearest joy I miss,
There lies a nameless strength in this 
I will be worthy of it.


A Strong Woman Vs. A Woman Of Strength
by Luke Easter

A strong woman works out every day,
Pride in her appearance she portrays,
But a woman of strength kneels to pray,
Her soul in shape, God leading the way.

A strong woman claims she isn’t afraid of anything,
Looking forward to challenges each day will bring,
Women of strength show courage in the midst of fear,
Declaring triumph through faith because God is near.

Strong women won’t let anyone get the best of them,
So skilled in defenses even if they have to pretend,
Yet a woman of strength gives her best to everyone,
And even on a cloud filled day still bright as the sun.

A strong woman relies on the physical attributes making her tough,
In her search for power and money she will never have enough,
A woman of strength understands that it’s not about material stuff,
Knowing that before becoming a diamond first she’ll be in the rough.

A strong woman sometimes disguises her feelings shadowed by clouds,
Unhinged when challenged on her policy becoming boisterous and loud,
A woman of strength concerns herself not with judgment from others,
And will not let business interfere with commitments as a wife and mother.

A strong woman is easily impatient back and forth she will begin to pace,
Counting on her holier than thou attitude instead of depending on faith,
A woman of strength is assured trust in God will always carry her through,
And at the Creator’s appointed time she’ll receive all that is justly due.

A strong woman makes mistakes and avoids the same for tomorrow,
Refusing to take time looking back with reverence and Godly sorrow,
The woman of strength realizes life’s mistakes no matter how slim,
While thanking God for the blessings as she capitalizes on them.

A strong woman walks head first with no doubt in her mind,
No matter what, she’ll not make this mistake a second time,
But a woman of strength knows God will catch her when she falls,
So when a situation arises again, she’s not afraid to answer the call.

A strong woman wears the look of confidence on her face,
Always doing whatever it takes to finish, seeking only first place,
The woman of strength competes with an emotional sense of grace,
Understanding it’s more important to run a Holy Spirit filled race.

A strong woman has faith that for the journey she’ll have enough,
No matter how uneven the terrain or roads being rocky and rough,
A woman of strength knows it’s in the journey she will become strong,
And the love of God is forever with her, no matter how difficult or long.

A strong woman when uninformed thinks that she is being mistreated,
In the end her physical attributes fail causing doubt to become seeded,
A woman of strength will compromise as a little give and take is needed,
Why? Because a lesson not learned the first time is soon to be repeated.

Ladies start everyday on your knees with supplication & prayer,
Trust and believe that God will always get you from here to there,
And should your giant steps seem to be moving only inch by inch,
The journey is not as A Strong Woman but A Woman Of Strength.

Realize his-story is not the preverbal or only meaning of the word history,
Read the poem titled, ‘Women Preachers & Pastors In The Ministry? ‘
This male chauvinistic attitude’s deceitfully titled, ‘The Same Old Song, ‘
No wonder society thinks a woman can’t compete & this is totally wrong.

Difference between farther & further,1 is distance,1 is to understand,
Where Motherhood is instinctive however it has to be learned by man,
A woman carries a life form up to & maybe more than 9 months long,
Man can’t stand to be with a crying for baby 2 hours and he is strong?

It is thousands of years later, man still cries, ‘first the woman was deceived, ‘
As Adam looked at God and said, ‘it was that woman you gave me’ oh Eve?
It always happens that when things go wrong we are quick to pass the blame?
Sin didn’t manifest till Adam ate the fruit as well but he put it on Eve’s name.

Every woman is a catalyst for any little girl to become the same,
So the question is what will be the consequences from her name?
Strong relays an outward appearance yet under pressure it cracks,
And only through strength will she be able to withstand the attack.

Girls beware, because the road traveled is both winding and long,
And for this very reason you will surely have to more than strong,
This should inform you that an arduous trek is measured in length,
The main reason it takes intestinal fortitude only found in strength.

Now for an excellent example relaying exactly what we mean,
The United States Marine Corps, ‘Female Engagement Team, ‘
Women in Afghanistan not in rear support yet on the front line,
Not so much physically strong as through strength in the mind.

Isn’t it amazing disciples from miraculous powers were big and strong,
Peter cut off a servant’s ear but denied Christ 3 times it didn’t last long,
Yet two Mary’s and Salome the weaker sex faithfully stood by at length,
Face to face with adversity you will only pass through fire with strength.

Blacks sat in the back of the bus for years although it was wrong,
Now imagine how many men complied who were big and Strong,
But, it was a female, Rosa Parks, who would not budge one inch,
Yet another example of what it means for women to have Strength.

Certain things capture your eye but pursue only those that capture the heart,
Although an, ‘Ancient Indian Proverb’ yet Solomon gave the verse its start,
Likewise, don’t seek after frivols material things that only make you Strong,
For Strength is the seed of eternal roots to remain even after you’re gone.

The association of motherhood is something truly unique,
And only through inner Strength can you reach your peak,
As the Strongest will tire from repetitions they must repeat,
Because the latter without proper rest is destined to be weak.

Imagine how tough women have to be not just bearing and raising their child,
While at the same time many have to control their spouse from running wild,
A single or married mom with a tight knit family that’s united for any length,
Not so much from a Strong Woman as it is through, ‘A Woman Of Strength.’

With all the aforementioned qualifications it is a mystery,
Why many believe women should not preach in the ministry,
Birth, feed, raise, clothe and impact men with knowledge,
Of a multitude of wisdom they’ll never receive in college.

This poetic tribute is a, ‘Shout-Out’ to any woman everywhere,
Seemingly impossible circumstances faced head on the scare,
By the armor of faith fear of the unknown shall not make a dent,
They are withstanding not by outward Strong but inner Strength.


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