Edgar Albert Guest

(20 August 1881 - 5 August 1959 / Birmingham / England)

Quotations

  • ''Just start to sing as you tackle the thing
    That "cannot be done," and you'll do it.''
    Edgar Albert Guest (1881-1959), Anglo-American poet. It Couldn't Be Done (l. 23-24). . . Family Book of Best Loved Poems, The. David L. George, ed. (1952) Doubleday & Company.
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  • ''Somebody said that it couldn't be done,
    But he with a chuckle replied
    That "maybe it couldn't," but he would be one
    Who wouldn't say so till he'd tried.''
    Edgar Albert Guest (1881-1959), Anglo-American poet. It Couldn't Be Done (l. 1-4). . . Family Book of Best Loved Poems, The. David L. George, ed. (1952) Doubleday & Company.
  • ''It ain't home t' ye, though it be the palace of a king,
    Until somehow yer soul is sort o' wrapped round everything.''
    Edgar Albert Guest (1881-1959), Anglo-American poet. Home (l. 7-8). . . Oxford Book of American Light Verse, The. William Harmon, ed. (1979) Oxford University Press.
  • ''It takes a heap o' livin' in a house t' make it home,
    A heap o' sun an' shadder, an' ye sometimes have t' roam
    Afore ye really 'preciate the things ye lef' behind,
    An' hunger fer 'em somehow, with 'em allus on yer mind.''
    Edgar Albert Guest (1881-1959), Anglo-American poet. Home (l. 1-4). . . Oxford Book of American Light Verse, The. William Harmon, ed. (1979) Oxford University Press.
  • ''Ye've got t' weep t' make it home, ye've got t' sit an' sigh''
    Edgar Albert Guest (1881-1959), Anglo-American poet. Home (l. 17). . . Oxford Book of American Light Verse, The. William Harmon, ed. (1979) Oxford University Press.

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Hard Luck

Ain't no use as I can see
In sittin' underneath a tree
An' growlin' that your luck is bad,
An' that your life is extry sad;
Your life ain't sadder than your neighbor's
Nor any harder are your labors;
It rains on him the same as you,
An' he has work he hates to do;
An' he gits tired an' he gits cross,

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