Peggy Lee Tribute
By: Norma Egstrom, The Jamestown Sun
The following poem by Norma Deloris Egstrom, known today as singer Peggy Lee, was published in the May 27, 1937, issue of The Wimbledon News as her high school class poem.
SUCCESS AWAITS AT LABOR’S GATE
There’s work to be done and a place to acquire
There’s a road to be blazed with abitions fire
There’s labor before ther’s a place in the sun
And strife in a battle before it is won.
We must look to the future for what it will bring
Whether laughter or tears, success is the thing.
Let us therefore go onward, out into the bay
And count up our fortunes at the close of each day.
For we’ve learned that the things that are truly worthwhile
Are the things that are gained where work is in style,
And the blessings for all-life’s sunshine and rain-
Are the things that not even money can gain.
Our futures are bright like new coins or new jewels
As we journey abroad to learn in life’s schools
That the fundamentals we’ve gained on the course of our way
Will determine our degree on eternity’s day.
So, Mates, should your future be darkened in hue
Count not your labors by what you can’t do
But go outward and onward, there’s a will and a way
If you count up your fortunes at the close of each day.
Let it not be said that you fell by the way
For there’s always a morrow where there’s been to-day
Strive hard till your goals reached for our motto doth state
That “Success awaits at labors gate.”