One of my favorite moments in the musical, THE SECRET GARDEN, is when Mary Lennox confronts Dr. Craven, and is told she will be sent away. Martha, a chamber maid at Misselthwaite Manor, encourages Mary to ‘hold on.’
It’s a wonderful moment, and a wonderful message.
What you’ve got to do is
Finish what you have begun,
I don’t know just how,
But it’s not over ’til you’ve won!
When you see the storm is coming,
See the lightning part the skies,
It’s too late to run-
There’s terror in your eyes!
What you do then is remember
This old thing you heard me say:
“It’s the storm, not you,
That’s bound to blow away.”
Hold on to someone standing by.
Don’t even ask how long or why!
Child, hold on to what you know is true,
Hold on ’til you get through.
Child, oh child!
When you feel your heart is poundin’,
Fear a devil’s at your door.
There’s no place to hide-
You’re frozen to the floor!
What you do then is you force yourself
To wake up, and you say:
“It’s this dream, not me,
that’s bound to go away.”
Hold on, the night will soon be by.
Until there’s nothing left to try.
Child, hold on, There’s angels on their way!
Hold on and hear them say,
“Child, oh child!”
And it doesn’t even matter
If the danger and the doom
Come from up above or down below,
Or just come flying
At you from across the room!
When you see a man who’s raging,
And he’s jealous and he fears
That you’ve walked through walls
He’s hid behind for years.
What you do then is you tell yourself to wait it out
And say it’s this day, not me,
That’s bound to go away.
Child, oh hold on.
It’s this day, not you,
That’s bound to go away!