Edgar Albert Guest

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

Trouble Brings Friends - Poem by Edgar Albert Guest

It's seldom trouble comes alone. I've noticed this: When things go wrong
An' trouble comes a-visitin', it always brings a friend along;
Sometimes it's one you've known before, and then perhaps it's someone new
Who stretches out a helping hand an' stops to see what he can do.

If never trials came to us, if grief an' sorrow passed us by,
If every day the sun came out an' clouds were never in the sky,
We'd still have neighbors, I suppose, each one pursuin' selfish ends,
But only neighbors they would be- we'd never know them as our friends.

Out of the troubles I have had have come my richest friendships here,
Kind hands have helped to bear my care, kind words have fallen on my ear;
An' so I say when trouble comes I know before the storm shall end
That I shall find my bit of care has also brought to me a friend.


Comments about Trouble Brings Friends by Edgar Albert Guest

  • (8/4/2016 5:38:00 PM)


    profound truths, I'm giving it a whopping 10 (Report) Reply

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  • Susan Williams (8/4/2016 4:39:00 PM)


    True. Simply written, no gew-gaws and fancy metaphors and annoying poetic tricks- -exactly so,10 (Report) Reply

  • (8/4/2016 4:29:00 PM)


    Beautiful sentiments with a great message that's filled with blue collar wisdom, your going to go through life with troubles, but good friends can help trouble and its friends disappear. This is my first poem I've read of Guest and it was a great read. (Report) Reply

  • Bernard Snyder (8/4/2016 7:48:00 AM)


    Such a lovely and true poem. Impressive. One of my favorites! (Report) Reply

  • Tapan M. Saren (8/4/2016 1:41:00 AM)


    Fantastico! I love this poem very much. Adding to MyPoem (Report) Reply

  • Edward Kofi Louis (8/4/2016 12:41:00 AM)


    Out of the troubles! Thanks for sharing this poem with us. (Report) Reply

  • Kim Barney (8/4/2016 12:41:00 AM)


    This is so true of most of the people I know. When someone has trouble, they are there to offer their help. Very enjoyable poem by Edgar A. guest. (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Friday, August 15, 2014



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