901. A Friend's Greeting DIAMONDS wouldn't tell yer all I really think of you,
The costliest gift the goldsmith makes I'm sure would never do.
There's nothing known that gold can buy that I could ever send
902. Pleasure's Signs There's a bump on his brow and a smear on his cheek
That is plainly the stain of his tears;
At his neck there's a glorious sun-painted streak,
903. When The Young Are Grown Once the house was lovely, but it's lonely here to-day,
For time has come an' stained its walls an' called the young away;
An' all that's left for mother an' for me till life is through
911. A Father's Thoughts Because I am his father, they
Expect me to put grief away;
Because I am a man, and rough
912. The Boy Soldier Each evening on my lap there climbs
A little boy of three,
And with his dimpled, chubby fists
913. We'Re Dreamers All Oh, man must dream of gladness wherever his pathways lead,
And a hint of something better is written in every creed;
And nobody wakes at morning but hopes ere the day is o'er
914. A Successful Dad OTHERS may laugh at my feeble endeavor
To capture life's prizes, and others may sneer;
The whole world may loudly declare I shall never
915. The Cost Of Praise THIS morning came a man to me, his smile was wonderful to see,
He shook my hand and doffed his hat then promptly took a chair;
Said he, ' I read your stuff each day, and I have just dropped in to say
916. To A Young Man The great were once as you.
They whom men magnify to-day
Once groped and blundered on life's way,
917. The Neighborly Man Some are eager to be famous, some are striving
to be great,
Some are toiling to be leaders of their nation
918. The Good Little Boy Once there was a boy who never
Tore his clothes, or hardly ever,
Never made his sister mad,
919. The New Year Come you with dangers to fright us? or hazards
to try out our souls?
Then may you find us undaunted; determined to
920. On Station Farewells IN parting from a dear old friend for months, perhaps, or years,
There's bound to be some bitter sobs, an' generally tears,
An' as a rule, the lovin' ones will gather round about
921. Departed Friends The dead friends live and always will;
Their presence hovers round us still.
It seems to me they come to share
922. The March Of Mortality Over the hills of time to the valley of endless years;
Over the roads of woe to the land that is free from tears
Up from the haunts of men to the place where the angels are,
923. Influence This I think as I go my way:
What can matter the words I say,
And what can matter the false or true
924. Alone Strange thoughts come to the man alone;
'Tis then, if ever, he talks with God,
And views himself as a single clod
925. Forgetful Pa My Pa says that he used to be
A bright boy in geography;
An' when he went to school he knew
926. When We Play The Fool Last night I stood in a tawdry place
And watched the ways of the human race.
I looked at a party of shrieking girls
927. Peace A man must earn his hour of peace,
Must pay for it with hours of strife and care,
Must win by toil the evening's sweet release,
928. Easter OUT of the darkness and shadow of death,
Out of the anguish that wells from the tomb,
Into the splendor of spiritual breath,
929. Kindness One never knows
How far a word of kindness goes;
One never sees
930. The Fishing Cure There's nothing that builds up a toil-weary soul
Like a day on a stream,
Back on the banks of the old fishing hole
931. Youth If I had youth I'd bid the world to try me;
I'd answer every challenge to my will.
Though mountains stood in silence to defy me,
932. The Brethren The world is needing you and me,
In places where we ought to be;
Somewhere today it's needing you
933. The Lonely Fight IT'S easy to be right when the multitude is cheering,
It is easy to have courage when you're fighting with the throng;
But it's altogether different when the multitude is sneering
934. The Influence Of Woman WHAT would be the use of singing songs
If there was no little woman near to hear them?
What would be the use of righting wrongs
935. Troubles Troubles? Sure I've lots of them,
Got 'em heaped up by the score,
Got 'em baled and bundled up,
936. A Good Soldier He writes to us most every day, and how his letters thrill us!
I can't describe the joys with which his quaint expressions fill us.
He says the military life is not of his selection,
937. The Doctor I don't see why Pa likes him so,
And seems so glad to have him come;
He jabs my ribs and wants to know
938. Mother Of Five She mothered five!
Night after night she watched a little bed,
Night after night she cooled a fevered head,
939. Good Books Good books are friendly things to own.
If you are busy they will wait.
They will not call you on the phone
940. The Rewards Of Industry A FRIEND of mine said yesterday: 'There goes a man across the way
Who paid ten thousand dollars for a home a week ago;
He owns an automobile now, a saddle horse and keeps a cow,
941. We Who Stay At Home When you were just our little boy, on many a night we crept
Unto your cot and watched o'er you, and all the time you slept.
We tucked the covers round your form and smoothed your pillow, too,
Some inherit manly beauty,
Some come into worldly wealth;
Some have lofty sense of duty,
Others boast exultant health.
Though the pick may be confusing,
Health, wealth, charm or character,
If you had the chance of choosing
Which would you prefer?
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