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Edgar Albert Guest (20 August 1881 in Birmingham, England – 5 August 1959 in Detroit, Michigan) was a prolific English-born American poet who was popular in the first half of the 20th century and became known as the In 1891, Guest moved with his family to the United States from England. After he... Read More

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IT isn't the blue in the skies,
Nor the song of the whispering trees,
The light in a fair maiden

Here she walked and romped about,
And here beneath this apple tree
Where all the grass is trampled

We are done with little thinking and we're done with little deeds,
We are done with petty conduct a

THROUGH the smoke clouds that I blow
I can see the Long Ago
And the merry lanes of boyhood
That I

An auto is a helpful thing;
I love the way the motor hums,
I love each cushion and each spring,
T

IF LIFE were rosy and skies were blue
And never a cloud appeared,
If every heart that you loved pr

It is better to die for the flag,
For its red and its white and its blue,
Than to hang back and sh

There's a little chap at our house that is being mighty good-
Keeps the front lawn looking tidy in

To wed, or not to wed; that is the question;
Whether 'tis nobler in the mind to suffer
The bills a

Pinker than the roses that enrich a summer's day,
Splashing in the bath tub or just kicking them i

I REMEMBER the first tiny cry that she gave
And my heart felt a thrill that it never had known,
A

I'D LIKE to be a bank clerk, and sit inside a cage,
I'd like to take and hoard away the toiler's w

Swiftly the changes come. Each day
Sees some lost beauty blown away
And some new touch of lovely g

I am eager once more to feel easy,
I'm weary of thinking of dress;
I'm heartily sick of stiff coll

Turn me loose and let me be
Young once more and fancy free;
Let me wander where I will,
Down the

When a cake is nicely frosted and it's put away for tea,
And it looks as trim and proper as a choco

Here's to the men! Since Adam's time
They've always been the same;
Whenever anything goes wrong,

When you're up against a trouble,
Meet it squarely, face to face;
Lift your chin and set your sh

If I were running a factory
I'd stick up a sign for all to see,
I'd print it large and I'd nail it

MINE is a song of the average man
Who has been on earth since the world began!
You'll find him ki

My father knows the proper way
The nation should be run;
He tells us children every day
Just wha

Gettin' together to smile an' rejoice,
An' eatin' an' laughin' with folks of your choice;
An' kis

If I knew a better land on this glorious world of ours,
Where a man gets bigger money and is workin

Get off your downy cots of ease,
There's work that must be done.
Great danger's riding on the seas

HOW dear to my heart is the bank roll departed,
The five-spots and tens in the strong rubber band,

Edgar Albert Guest Poetry

Edgar Albert Guest (20 August 1881 in Birmingham, England – 5 August 1959 in Detroit, Michigan) was a prolific English-born American poet who was popular in the first half of the 20th century and became known as the In 1891, Guest moved with his family to the United States from England. After he began at the Detroit Free Press as a copy boy and then a reporter, his first poem appeared 11 December 1898. He became a naturalized citizen in 1902. For 40 years, Guest was widely read throughout North America, and his sentimental, optimistic poems were in the same vein as the light verse of Nick Kenny, who wrote syndicated columns during the same decades. From his first published work in the Detroit Free Press until his death in 1959, Guest penned some 11,000 poems which were syndicated in some 300 newspapers and collected in more than 20 books, including A Heap o' Livin' (1916) and Just Folks (1917). Guest was made Poet Laureate of Michigan, the only poet to have been awarded the title. His popularity led to a weekly Detroit radio show which he hosted from 1931 until 1942, followed by a 1951 NBC television series, A Guest in Your Home. He also had a thrice-weekly transcribed radio program that began January 15, 1941, and was sponsored by Land O'Lakes Creameries. The program featured singer Eddy Howard.... Read More