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Rise above the circumstances

Faithful horse Old Jim was such a faithful horse,
     But he was growing old;
And uncle Lem made up his mind
     The horse should not be sold
But turned out to pastureland
     To roam and feed at will,
Or rest beneath a shady tree
     Down by the waters still.

Lem loved his faithful servant, Jim,
     And watched him day by day;
And when he whistled for his horse,
     Jim gave an answering, neigh.
One day the horse had disappeared
     And Lem went out to see
What had become of faithful Jim;
     Where could the creature be?

Lem thought of an abandoned well
     Which had uncovered been;
Lem hurried down the path to see-
     Yes, Jim had fallen in!
If he should try to pull him out
     A leg might broken be,
So he would go and fetch his gun
     And end Jim's misery.

He brought his gun, but couldn't bear
     To shoot old faithful Jim,
So brought his shovel and his pick
     With which to bury him.
He took a shovel full of dirt
     And rolled it in the well;
It rolled onto the horse's back
     And to the bottom fell.

As fast as every load was sent
     Old Jim would stamp it down,
And as they both thus worked away,
     At last the well was gone!
Out jumped Jim, all whole and sound;
     Kicked up his heels and ran.
Let's get from this simple tale
     A lesson, if we can.

When people try to crush us down
     And cover us with dirt,
Let's stamp it underneath our feet
     And never let it hurt.
Let's be like Jim and rise above
     The troubles that beset;
If we are on the side of right
     We'll gain the victory yet.