People Brave and Proud As Here
President of The Seoul Times
Though wide I've travelled, far and near,
So need not search for more
Five thousand years, you say, with pride, this mountain land has been
Your home, your shrine, your resting place,
a safe refuge to hide
With pine-fringed ridges, rivers between
The beauty's bound to move.But comfort is sometimes denied. Even to those who love their motherground, although they're bound
to honour those before.You follow your Confucian creed.
Stay on the straight and true.
respect your elders and do trust
that all they say is right!But ambition has a greater need
Than etiquette imbues
Perchance that's why, when passion rules,
You never think what might
be possible for man.But only what you hope you can
you race too fast,unsafe, eyes shut, and tragedy ensues
Which grief and sorrow follow
So maybe take the time and leave to finish on the morrowKoreans! Shout it "we can do"
That is your nation's spirit
But look ahead, see whats in store
And make the future will it
Strong will has helped you through the years of conflict and of strifeAnd confidence and will are there to support the better life
So carry on, believe its true,! you' re able to succeed
Remember just,genius requires
detail in every deedAnd execution is the key
to safely rush at speed
And for the future, teach the young
the trials that you boreTo reach the highest crest
Knowing that globally you are the best.So they can follow, do even more
Create a new wide road
Lead by example, put away
that whip, that painful goad.
Alan Timblick serves as President of The Seoul Times. He grew up in England, graduated from Oxford University, and has lived in Seoul for over three decades. A former banker, he also worked for the Korean government as head of Invest Korea and for Seoul City as head of the Seoul Global Center.
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