When

When what you love you love with all your might;
When all your might is all your self-taught height;
When every thought is your own thought held true,
And your deep fiery will burns strong in you;
When you’ll not take a “No” against your “Yes,”
When you’ll bend, taut, to build your happiness;
When all of man and nature you will fight
To wave aloft your pure life-loving light
And march on never fearing toward your goal,
Self-charged with cheer of your commanding soul;
When no one, neither teacher, boss, nor Pop,
Can steer you from your way, or make you stop,
Then what you are is what you are to be—
Alive with life, and beautiful, and free!

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