Success by H. W. Longfellow

From “The Ladder of Saint Augustine”

We have not wings, we cannot soar;

But we have feet to scale and climb

By slow degrees, by more and more,

The cloudy summits of our time.

The mighty pyramids of stone

That wedge-like cleave the desert airs,

When nearer seen, and better known,

Are but gigantic flights of stairs.

The distant mountains, that uprear

Their solid bastions to the skies,

Are crossed by pathways, that appear

As we to higher levels rise.

The heights by great men reached and kept

Were not attained by sudden flight,

But they, while their companions slept,

Were toiling upward in the night.

Note from Joe: These days, the following parody might be more appropriate:

The heights that great men reached and kept

Were not attained with much exertion;

For they, while their companions worked,

Were contacting the proper person.

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