If you cannot on the ocean sail among the swiftest fleet
Rocking on the highest billows, laughing at the storms you meet
You can stand among the sailors anchored yet within the bay
You can lend a hand to help them as they launch their boats away
As they launch their boats away
If you are too weak to journey up the mountain steep and high
You can stand within the valley while the multitudes go by
You can chant in happy measure as they slowly pass along
Though they may forget the singer, they will not forget the song
They will not forget the song.
If you cannot in the conflict prove yourself a soldier true
If where fire and smoke are thickest there's no work for you to do
When the battlefield is silent you can go with careful tread
You can bear away the wounded, you can cover up the dead
You can cover up the dead.
Do not then stand idly waiting for some greater work to do
Fortune is a lazy goddess, she will never come to you
Go and toil in any vineyard. Do not fear to do or dare
If you want a field of labor, you can find it anywhere
You can find it anywhere.