It Can Be Done


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This book contains many poems of inspiration, joy and hope. Just the thing to encourage our spirits and strengthen our backbone when troubles seem too much. The purpose of this volume is to bring men courage and resolution, to cheer them, to fire them with new confidence when they grow dispirited, to strengthen their faith that THINGS CAN BE DONE. It is better for this purpose than the entire works of any one poet, for it takes the cream of many and has greater diversity than any one writer can show. Besides the poems themselves, the volume contains helps to their understanding and enjoyment. The pieces are introduced by short comments; these serve the same purpose as the strain played by the pianist before the singer begins to sing; they create a mood, give a point of view, throw light on the meaning of what follows. - Summary by Phil chenevert and the editors (7 hr 15 min)

Chapters

BE THE BEST OF WHATEVER YOU ARE - by Douglas Malloch 2:07 Read by Phil Chenevert
THE HOUSE BY THE SIDE OF THE ROAD - by Sam Walter Foss 2:33 Read by Phil Chenevert
FOUR THINGS - by Henry Van Dyke 0:56 Read by Phil Chenevert
IF - by Rudyard Kipling 2:58 Read by Tony Addison
INVICTUS - by William Ernest Henley 1:26 Read by Scotty Smith
IT COULDN'T BE DONE - by Edgar A. Guest 2:50 Read by Phil Chenevert
THE WELCOME MAN - by Walt Mason 1:54 Read by Phil Chenevert
THE QUITTER - by Robert W. Service 2:05 Read by Jason in Panama
FRIENDS OF MINE - by James W. Foley 1:08 Read by RecordingPerson
THE WOMAN WHO UNDERSTANDS - by Everard Jack Appleton 3:56 Read by Phil Chenevert
WANTED - A MAN - by St. Clair Adams 1:54 Read by Sarah Jump
IF I SHOULD DIE - by Ben King 1:32 Read by RecordingPerson
JUST BE GLAD - by James Whitcomb Riley 1:14 Read by RecordingPerson
OPPORTUNITY - by Berton Braley 1:48 Read by Sarah Jump
SOLITUDE - by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 1:29 Read by RecordingPerson
UNSUBDUED - by S.E. Kiser 1:36 Read by SK
WORK - by Angela Morgan 3:00 Read by SK
HOW DID YOU DIE? - by Edmund Vance Cooke 2:19 Read by Phil Chenevert
A LESSON FROM HISTORY - by Joseph Morris 1:38 Read by SK
RABBI BEN EZRA - by Robert Browning 2:22 Read by Phil Chenevert
TO MELANCHOLY - by John Kendrick Bangs 0:57 Read by RecordingPerson
THE LION PATH - by Charlotte Perkins Gilman 2:15 Read by Melvin Lee
THE ANSWER - by Grantland Rice 2:20 Read by Phil Chenevert
THE WORLD IS AGAINST ME - by Edgar A. Guest 2:09 Read by DrPGould
SAY NOT THE STRUGGLE NAUGHT AVALETH - by Arthur Hugh Clough 2:13 Read by Jason in Panama
WORTH WHILE - by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 1:39 Read by RecordingPerson
HOPE - by Anonymous 1:41 Read by Melvin Lee
I'M GLAD - by Anonymous 0:29 Read by Melvin Lee
THE CHAMBERED NAUTILUS - by Oliver Wendell Holmes 2:17 Read by JennaMock
PIPPA'S SONG - by Robert Browning 1:05 Read by Jason in Panama
OWNERSHIP - by St. Clair Adams 3:06 Read by Melvin Lee
A SMILING PARADOX - by John Kendrick Bangs 0:52 Read by Michele Eaton
THE NEW DUCKLING - by Alfred Noyes 2:28 Read by Melvin Lee
CAN YOU SING A SONG? - by Joseph Morris 1:06 Read by Melvin Lee
KNOW THYSELF - by Angela Morgan 3:59 Read by Melvin Lee
JUST WHISTLE - by Frank L. Stanton 1:16 Read by RecordingPerson
''MIGHT HAVE BEEN'' - by Grantland Rice 1:46 Read by Phil Chenevert
THE ONE - by Everard Jack Appleton 3:13 Read by Phil Chenevert
THE JOY OF LIVING - by Gamaliel Bradford 1:23 Read by Phil Chenevert
THERE WILL ALWAYS BE SOMETHING TO DO - by Edgar A. Guest 2:15 Read by Phil Chenevert
GOOD INTENTIONS - by St. Clair Adams 1:46 Read by SK
PHILOSOPHY FOR CROAKERS - by Joseph Morris 2:59 Read by Jason in Panama
THE FIGHTING FAILURE - by Everard Jack Appleton 2:54 Read by SK
DUTY - by Ralph Waldo Emerson 0:40 Read by RecordingPerson
THE CALL OF THE UNBEATEN - by Grantland Rice 1:51 Read by SK
POLONIUS'S ADVICE TO LAERTES - by William Shakespeare 2:22 Read by Melvin Lee
HOW DO YOU TACKLE YOUR WORK? - by Edgar A. Guest 2:02 Read by SK
MAN OR MANIKIN - by Richard Butler Glaenzer 1:52 Read by Melvin Lee
HAVING DONE AND DOING - by William Shakespeare 2:48 Read by RecordingPerson
FAITH - by S.E. Kiser 0:54 Read by Jason in Panama
OPPORTUNITY - by John James Ingalls 2:15 Read by Mahima
OPPORTUNITY - by William Shakespeare 0:38 Read by SK
OPPORTUNITY - by Walter Malone 1:57 Read by SK
OPPORTUNITY - by Edward Rowland Sill 1:58 Read by Melvin Lee
MY PHILOSOPHY - by James Whitcomb Riley 1:56 Read by Melvin Lee
ULYSSES - by Alfred Tennyson 7:08 Read by Kasper
PREPAREDNESS - by Edwin Markham 0:28 Read by SK
THE WISDOM OF FOLLY - by Ellen Thorneycroft Fowler 1:33 Read by Melvin Lee
SEE IT THROUGH - by Edgar A. Guest 2:16 Read by realisticspeakers
DECEMBER 31 - by S.E. Kiser 1:33 Read by Sarah Jump
RING OUT, WILD BELLS - by Alfred Tennyson 2:10 Read by Jason in Panama
WORK - by Henry Van Dyke 1:21 Read by Melvin Lee
START WHERE YOU STAND - by Berton Braley 1:44 Read by SK
A HOPEFUL BROTHER - by Frank L. Stanton 1:25 Read by Jason in Panama
A SONG OF THANKSGIVING - by Angela Morgan 2:58 Read by Elizabeth P.
LOSE THE DAY LOITERING - by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe 1:10 Read by SK
PLAYING THE GAME - by Berton Braley 2:21 Read by Larry Wilson
RESOLVE - by Berton Braley 1:07 Read by realisticspeakers
WHEN NATURE WANTS A MAN - by Angela Morgan 5:05 Read by Melvin Lee
ORDER AND THE BEES - by William Shakespeare 2:09 Read by Melvin Lee
SELF DEPENDENCE - by Matthew Arnold 3:05 Read by Melvin Lee
A LITTLE PRAYER - by S.E. Kiser 1:12 Read by SK
A MAN'S A MAN FOR A' THAT - by Robert Burns 3:53 Read by Leonard Wilson
LIFE AND DEATH - by Anna Barbauld 1:08 Read by Leonard Wilson
LIFE AND DEATH - by Ernest H. Crosby 2:07 Read by Leonard Wilson
ON BEING READY - by Grantland Rice 1:47 Read by Jason in Panama
TWO AT A FIRESIDE - by Edwin Markham 0:32 Read by Jason in Panama
TO-DAY - by Douglas Malloch 2:06 Read by Leonard Wilson
THE ARROW AND THE SONG - by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow 1:12 Read by Kathleen Moore
THE INNER LIGHT - by John Milton 0:51 Read by Kathleen Moore
THE THINGS THAT HAVEN'T BEEN DONE BEFORE - by Edgar A. Guest 2:23 Read by SK
THE HAS-BEENS - by Walt Mason 1:41 Read by Jason in Panama
WISHING - by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 1:41 Read by Kathleen Moore
AWARENESS - by Miriam Teichner 1:46 Read by SK
ONE OF THESE DAYS - by James W. Foley 2:42 Read by SK
GOD - by Gamaliel Bradford 0:58 Read by Sarah Jump
MY TRIUMPH - by John Greenleaf Whittier 2:54 Read by Larry Wilson
TO ALTHEA FROM PRISON - by Richard Lovelace 3:01 Read by Leonard Wilson
GRIEF - by Angela Morgan 1:17 Read by madison02
THE RECTIFYING YEARS - by St. Clair Adams 2:07 Read by madison02
TO THOSE WHO FAIL - by Joaquin Miller 1:44 Read by madison02
HELPING' OUT - by William Judson Kibby 3:29 Read by Leonard Wilson
OPENING PARADISE - by Thomas Gray 0:49 Read by Jason in Panama
TO THE MEN WHO LOSE - by Anonymous 2:07 Read by Melvin Lee
IT MAY BE - by S.E. Kiser 1:05 Read by Melvin Lee
LIFE - by Edward Rowland Sill 0:56 Read by Melvin Lee
THE GRUMPY GUY - by Griffith Alexander 3:41 Read by Melvin Lee
THE FIGHTER - by S.E. Kiser 2:05 Read by Melvin Lee
TO YOUTH AFTER PAIN - by Margaret Widdemer 1:34 Read by Joelee Pasztor
CAN'T - by Edgar A. Guest 2:34 Read by SK
THE STRUGGLE - by Miriam Teichner 1:30 Read by Sarah Jump
HOLD FAST - by Everard Jack Appleton 2:16 Read by realisticspeakers
WILL - by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 1:33 Read by Kathleen Moore
THE GAME - by Grantland Rice 2:17 Read by Jason in Panama
COURAGE - by Florence Earle Coates 0:55 Read by Melvin Lee
A GOOD NAME - by William Shakespeare 1:41 Read by Leonard Wilson
SWELLITIS - by Joseph Morris 2:37 Read by Joelee Pasztor
CARES - by Elisabeth Barrett Browning 1:18 Read by Kathleen Moore
FAITH - by Edward Rowland Sill 2:26 Read by Melvin Lee
PLAYING THE GAME - by Anonymous 1:34 Read by SK
WHAT DARK DAYS DO - by Everard Jack Appleton 2:04 Read by Leonard Wilson
GLADNESS - by Anna Hempstead Branch 1:25 Read by Melvin Lee
IT WON'T STAY BLOWED - by St. Clair Adams 2:14 Read by Sarah Jump
THE RAINBOW - by William Wordsworth 1:01 Read by SK
THE FIRM OF GRIN AND BARRETT - by Sam Walter Foss 2:10 Read by Donald Gilmore
CHALLENGE - by Jean Nette 1:07 Read by SK
YOUR MISSION - by Ellen M.H. Gates 2:12 Read by SK
VICTORY - by Miriam Teichner 1:11 Read by SK
TIMES GO BY TURNS - by Robert Southwell 2:21 Read by Naduplants
TO-DAY - by Thomas Carlyle 0:55 Read by DrPGould
UNAFRAID - by Everard Jack Appleton 0:33 Read by Jason in Panama
BORROWED FEATHERS - by Joseph Morris 2:16 Read by Melvin Lee
KEEP ON KEEPIN' ON - by Anonymous 1:24 Read by Melvin Lee
THE DISAPPOINTED - by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 1:41 Read by Kathleen Moore
LET ME LIVE OUT MY YEARS - by John G. Neihardt 1:13 Read by Melvin Lee
COLUMBUS - by Joaquin Miller 3:23 Read by Melvin Lee
PER ASPERA - by Florence Earle Coates 0:54 Read by madison02
TIT FOR TAT - by St. Clair Adams 3:26 Read by Jason in Panama
THE KINGDOM OF MAN - by John Kendrick 1:36 Read by Jason in Panama
ABOU BEN ADHEM - by Leigh Hunt 2:13 Read by Leonard Wilson
THIS WORLD - by Frank L. Stanton 0:39 Read by madison02
GRAY DAYS - by Griffith Alexander 2:17 Read by madison02
LAUGH A LITTLE BIT - by Edmund Vance Cooke 1:26 Read by madison02
A SONG OF LIFE - by Angela Morgan 1:54 Read by Jason in Panama
A POOR UNFORTUNATE - by Frank L. Stanton 1:39 Read by Sarah Jump
THE TRAINERS - by Grantland Rice 2:50 Read by Jason in Panama
LIFE - by Etta Wheeler Wilcox 1:14 Read by SK
A TOAST TO MERRIMENT - by James W. Foley 2:04 Read by Michael Fassio
MISTRESS FATE - by William Rose Benét 1:34 Read by Jason in Panama
SLEEP AND THE MONARCH - by William Shakespeare 2:22 Read by Larry Wilson
NEVER TROUBLE TROUBLE - by St. Clair Adams 1:16 Read by Michael Fassio
CLEAR THE WAY - by Charles Mackay 1:55 Read by Michael Fassio
ONE FIGHT MORE - by Theodosia Garrison 1:25 Read by Sarah Jump
A PSALM OF LIFE - by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow 2:26 Read by Kathleen Moore
A CREED - by Edwin Markham 0:50 Read by madison02
BATTLE CRY - by John G. Neihardt 1:57 Read by Jason in Panama
THE HAPPY HEART - by Thomas Dekker 1:59 Read by Jason in Panama
IF YOU CAN'T GO OVER OR UNDER, GO ROUND - by Joseph Morris 1:38 Read by Shana Burns
THICK IS THE DARKNESS - by William Ernest Henley 0:42 Read by madison02
THE BELLY AND THE MEMBERS - by William Shakespeare 2:42 Read by Jason in Panama
THE CELESTIAL SURGEON - by Robert Louis Stevenson 1:05 Read by SK
MAN, BIRD, AND GOD - by Robert Browning 1:09 Read by Larry Wilson
HIS ALLY - by William Rose Benét 1:34 Read by Melvin Lee
SUBMISSION - by Miriam Teichner 1:55 Read by Melvin Lee
A PRAYER - by Theodosia Garrison 1:48 Read by SK
STABILITY - by William Shakespeare 1:18 Read by Michael Fassio
THE BARS OF FATE - by Ellen M.H. Gates 2:07 Read by Larry Wilson
ULTIMATE ACT - by Henry Bryan Binns 1:26 Read by Jason in Panama
HE WHOM A DREAM HATH POSSESSED - by Sheamus O Sheel 2:04 Read by Naduplants
SUCCESS - by Berton Braley 1:25 Read by Jason in Panama
PLAY THE GAME - by Henry Newbolt 2:04 Read by Naduplants
THE MAN WHO FRETS AT WORLDLY STRIFE - by Joseph Rodman Drake 1:21 Read by Michael Fassio
SERENITY - by Lord Byron 0:34 Read by Larry Wilson
HERE'S HOPIN' - by Frank L. Stanton 1:21 Read by Sarah Jump
CLEON AND I - by Charles Mackay 2:17 Read by Jason in Panama
THE PESSIMIST - by Ben King 1:38 Read by SK
A PROBLEM TO BE SOLVED - by St. Clair Adams 1:49 Read by Jason in Panama
PROSPICE - by Robert Browning 2:11 Read by Michael Fassio
THE GREATNESS OF THE SOUL - by Alfred Tennyson 1:25 Read by Jason in Panama
HEINELET - by Gamaliel Bradford 0:48 Read by Sarah Jump
STAND FORTH! - by Angela Morgan 1:48 Read by SK
LIONS AND ANTS - by Walt Mason 1:20 Read by SK
LIFE, NOT DEATH - by Alfred Tennyson 0:46 Read by Larry Wilson
THE UNMUSICAL SOLOIST - by Joseph Morris 3:27 Read by realisticspeakers
ON DOWN THE ROAD - by Grantland Rice 1:21 Read by Michael Fassio
MEETIN' TROUBLE - by Everard Jack Appleton 2:21 Read by Melvin Lee
PRESS ON - by Park Benjamin 2:01 Read by Melvin Lee
MY CREED - by S.E. Kiser 1:53 Read by SK
CO-OPERATION - by J. Mason Knox 0:43 Read by DrPGould
THE NOBLE NATURE - by Ben Jonson 1:22 Read by Jason in Panama
DAYS OF CHEER - by James W. Foley 2:08 Read by Alec Larson
DE SUNFLOWER AIN'T DE DAISY - by Anonymous 1:37 Read by Jordan Watts
THE DAFFODILS - by William Wordsworth 1:47 Read by Kathleen Moore
A LITTLE THANKFUL SONG - by Frank L. Stanton 1:34 Read by Jason in Panama
TWO RAINDROPS - by Joseph Morris 1:54 Read by SK
MY WAGE - by Jessie B. Rittenhouse 1:02 Read by SK
THE GIFT - by Robert Burns 1:08 Read by Melvin Lee
PROMETHEUS UNBOUND - by Percy Bysshe Shelley 1:25 Read by Kasper
VICTORY IN DEFEAT - by Edwin Markham 1:06 Read by Larry Wilson
THE RICHER MINES - by John Kendrick Bangs 1:03 Read by Kathleen Moore
BRAVE LIFE - by Grantland Rice 2:42 Read by Michael Fassio
A SONG OF TO-MORROW - by Frank L. Stanton 0:48 Read by Jason in Panama
THE GLAD SONG - by Joseph Morris 0:54 Read by Beth Thomas (1974-2020)
PAINTING THE LILY - by William Shakespeare 1:06 Read by Larry Wilson
A PRETTY GOOD WORLD - by Frank L. Stanton 1:36 Read by Jason in Panama
ODE TO DUTY - by William Wordsworth 3:49 Read by Beth Thomas (1974-2020)
THE SYNDICATED SMILE - by St. Clair Adams 2:00 Read by Jason in Panama
FAIRY SONG - by John Keats 1:26 Read by Donald Gilmore
PRAISE THE GENEROUS GODS FOR GIVING - by William Ernest Henley 1:24 Read by Melvin Lee
COWARDS - by William Shakespeare 0:45 Read by Larry Wilson
THE WORD - by John Kendrick Bangs 2:03 Read by DrPGould
ENVOI - by John G. Neihardt 1:35 Read by Jason in Panama
JAW - by St. Clair Adams 1:29 Read by Corrinne LePage
THE CONQUEROR - by Berton Braley 2:29 Read by Corrinne LePage
IS IT RAINING, LITTLE FLOWER? - by Anonymous 1:17 Read by realisticspeakers
GRADATIM - by J.G. Holland 3:05 Read by Jason in Panama
RULES FOR THE ROAD - by Edwin Markham 0:53 Read by SK
LIFE - by Griffith Alexander 1:38 Read by Beth Thomas (1974-2020)
HOE YOUR ROW - by Frank L. Stanton 0:51 Read by DrPGould
BORROWING TROUBLE - by Robert Burns 1:10 Read by Jason in Panama
UNDISMAYED - by James W. Foley 1:52 Read by DrPGould
A HERO - by Florence Earle Coates 1:07 Read by Jason in Panama
WILL - by Alfred Tennyson 1:47 Read by Jason in Panama
FABLE - by Ralph Waldo Emerson 1:29 Read by SK
DUTY - by Edwin Markham 0:31 Read by Jason in Panama
PRAYER FOR PAIN - by John G. Neihardt 2:15 Read by Melvin Lee
STEADFAST - by Everard Jack Appleton 1:41 Read by Melvin Lee
IF - by John Kendrick Bangs 2:21 Read by Melvin Lee
THE GIFTS OF GOD - by George Herbert 1:49 Read by Melvin Lee
A PHILOSOPHER - by John Kendrick Bangs 1:23 Read by Kathleen Moore
THE LIFE WITHOUT PASSION - by William Shakespeare 1:55 Read by Jason in Panama
CHARACTER OF A HAPPY LIFE - by Sir Henry Wotton 2:13 Read by SK
ESSENTIALS - by St. Clair Adams 1:07 Read by SK
THE STONE REJECTED - by Edwin Markham 2:12 Read by heart2voice2heart
GOOD DEEDS - by William Shakespeare 0:46 Read by SK
YOU MAY COUNT THAT DAY - by George Eliot 2:06 Read by SK
SADNESS AND MERRIMENT - by William Shakespeare 2:42 Read by Melvin Lee
APPRECIATION - by William Judson Kibby 1:30 Read by Melvin Lee
KEEP SWEET - by Strickland W. Gillilan 1:58 Read by Jason in Panama
MORALITY - by Matthew Arnold 1:29 Read by SK
A HYMN TO HAPPINESS - by James W. Foley 2:07 Read by Melvin Lee
OPPORTUNITY - by Edwin Markham 1:08 Read by SK
TO A YOUNG MAN - by Edgar A. Guest 2:24 Read by SK
SLOGAN - by Jane M'Lean 0:58 Read by Jason in Panama
SMILES - by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 1:31 Read by Kathleen Moore
SIT DOWN, SAD SOUL - by Bryan Waller Procter 1:24 Read by tovarisch
SONG OF ENDEAVOR - by James W. Foley 1:58 Read by tovarisch
KEEP A-GOIN'! - by Frank L. Stanton 1:26 Read by tovarisch
WHEN EARTH'S LAST PICTURE IS PAINTED - by Rudyard Kipling 3:02 Read by tovarisch