Members Who Read Most Number Of Poems

Live Scores

Click here to see the rest of the list

(16 January 1874 - 11 September 1958 / Preston)

Listen to this poem:
What do you think this poem is about?

For Example: love, art, fashion, friendship and etc.

A Character

How often do I wish I were
What people call a character;
A ripe and cherubic old chappie
Who lives to make his fellows happy;
With in his eyes a merry twinkle,
And round his lips a laughing wrinkle;
Who radiating hope and cheer
Grows kindlier with every year.
For this ideal let me strive,
And keep the lad in me alive;
Nor argument nor anger know,
But my own way serenly go;
The woes of men to understand,
Yet walk with humour hand in hand;
To love each day and wonder why
Folks are not so jocund as I.

So be you simple, decent, kind,
With gentle heart and quiet mind;
And if to righteous anger stung,
Restrain your temper and your toungue.
Let thought for others be your guide,
And patience triumph over pride . . .
With charity for those who err,
Live life so folks may say you were--
God bless your heart!--A Character.

Submitted: Monday, January 13, 2003


Read poems about / on: anger, pride, happy, people, hope, heart, god, life

Read this poem in other languages

This poem has not been translated into any other language yet.

I would like to translate this poem »

word flags

What do you think this poem is about?

Comments about this poem (A Lyric Day by Robert William Service )

Enter the verification code :

  • E Forrester (5/15/2007 8:43:00 AM)

    Lovely poem. And indeed, i believe he achieved his wish...

    3 person liked.
    1 person did not like.
Read all 1 comments »

People who read Robert William Service also read

Top 500 Poems

[Hata Bildir]