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In Reference to the Poem: DONíT QUIT

By Hibbert Hamilton - 29 Jul 2016

As a preacher for over four decades, I am always searching for ways to make my sermons inspiring, motivating and informative. When preparing my messages, I draw from various sources to ensure that my hearers get the meat of the matter.

At present I am in the process of preparing a didactic sermon, and I thought of using a few lines from this poem because of the expected audience. I was surprised to learn that there has been confusion as to whom is the real author.

I am in no way trying to join the discussion to definitively indicate who the author really is.

What I can say however, that I am Seventy one years old. I am also saying that I have heard this poem from I was a boy in the 1950s. In those days my older sisters had to learn that poem in school. When they recited it they also said the author was Edgar Guest.

Anyone who claim to be the author, would have to be as old as Edgar Guest or somewhere near his age.

One other thing that I have noticed, is that there are different rendering of some of the verses. It could be that one person wrote it and others made additions to the original. Whatever the case, this poem is older than I.

Thank you for allowing me to make this honest comment.

Hibbert Hamilton.

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