Warren Hastings resolved in his boyhood
that he would be the owner of the estate known as
Daylesford. This was the one great purpose that
unified his varied and far-reaching activities.
Admire him or not, we must at least praise his pluck
in holding to his purpose a purpose he
You will be what you will to be;
Let failure find its false
In that poor word “environment,”
But spirit scorns it, and
It masters time, it conquers space,
It cowes that boastful trickster
And bids the tyrant Circumstance
Uncrown and fill a servant’s
The human Will, that force unseen,
The offspring of a deathless
Can hew the way to any goal,
Though walls of granite intervene.
Be not impatient in delay,
But wait as one who understands;
When spirit rises and commands
The gods are ready to obey.
The river seeking for the sea
Confronts the dam and precipice,
Yet knows it cannot fail or miss;
You will be what you will
Ella Wheeler Wilcox.
From “Poems of Power.”