Encouraged

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Encouraged
by Paul Laurence Dunbar
In the 1913 collection of his work, The Complete Poems of Paul Laurence Dunbar

             ENCOURAGED
  Because you love me I have much achieved,
Had you despised me then I must have failed,
  But since I knew you trusted and believed,
I could not disappoint you and so prevailed.

This work was published before January 1, 1923, and is in the public domain worldwide because the author died at least 100 years ago.