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bicycleThe poem, Perseverance or Try Again by William Hickson appeared as a song in his book "The Singing Master" in 1836. 

It’s believed he coined the proverb "If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again":

‘Tis a lesson you should heed–
Try, try, try again;
If at first you don’t succeed,
Try, try, try again.

The proverb seems to come directly from the poem "Try Again".  Here’s the poem with an mp3 recording.  Please note that some versions have "try again" as, "try, try again", or as "try, try, try again".

MP3 of Try Again

Try Again
By William Hickson,

‘Tis a lesson you should heed–
            Try again;
If at first you don’t succeed,
            Try again.
Then your courage should appear;
For if you will persevere,
You will conquer, never fear,
            Try again.

Once or twice though you should fail,
If you would at last prevail,
            Try again.
If we strive, ’tis no disgrace
Though we did not win the race–
What should you do in that case?
            Try again.

If you find your task is hard.
            Try again;
Time will bring you your reward,
            Try again;
All that other folk can do,
Why with patience should not you?
Only keep this rule in view,
            Try again.

Recited by Lila Pomerantz.

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This artilce was posted on Monday, January 7th, 2013 at 4:35 pm and is filed under Canada, Countries & Cultures, England, English, Languages, MP3's of Poems, Parenting, Poems, Poems about Perserverence, Poetry, Proverbs, Recordings, Recordings of Poems, USA. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0 feed. You can leave a response, or trackback from your own site.

2 Responses to “If at First You Don’t Succeed – Try Again!”

  1. Nishat Says:

    Plz give a brief summary of this poem its urgent
    Thnx in advance…:)

  2. Mukarram hussain Says:

    plz give me parapharasing of last stanza

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