John Kendrick Bangs

(1862-1922 / the United States)

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John Kendrick Bangs (May 27, 1862 – January 21, 1922) was an American author, editor and satirist.

He was born in Yonkers, New York. His father was a lawyer in New York City.

He went to Columbia University from 1880 to 1883 where he became editor of Columbia's literary magazine and contributed short anonymous pieces to humor magazines. After graduation in 1883, Bangs entered ... more »

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On File

IF an unkind word appears,
File the thing away.
If some novelty in jeers,
File the thing away.

If some clever little bit
Of a sharp and pointed wit,
Carrying a sting with it
File the thing away.

If some bit of gossip come,
File the thing away.
Scandalously spicy crumb,
File the thing away.

If suspicion comes to you
That your neighbor isn't true
Let me tell you what to do
File the thing away.

Do this for a little while,
Then go out and burn the file.

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