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Be inspired by these famous poems of John Kendrick Bangs. He was born in New York, USA on May 27, 1862. He primarily was an author however he edited many magazines over the years. His humor can be seen in his writings. He was married and had 3 sons. He died at the early age of 59 on January 21, 1922, however his works live on today!

John Kendrick Bangs
John Kendrick Bangs



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  1. An Alternative
    Poet: John Kendrick Bangs


    There's Byron on my shelf, and Shelley too;
    There's dear old Doctor Holmes, and Thomas Moore,
    With Wordsworth just below him, bound in blue,
    And Browning's works stand over by the door.

    There's Milton, Scott, Macaula/s Lays of Rome;
    There's Tennyson and Matthew Arnold terse;
    Longfellow, Shakespeare, and Rossetti's tome;
    The odes of Horace and blest Omar's verse.

    So vast these riches are in my poor eyes,
    I can't decide which poet on my shelf
    I'll read to-night, and so I'll compromise
    And read these "Rhymes" in full calf by myself.


  2. poems about books
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  3. A Threat
    Poet: John Kendrick Bangs


    I'm going to seek my foe to-day,
    And when I meet him on the way,
    No matter who is with him there,
    With head held high up in the air,
    I'll take the glove from off my fist
    To give free play unto my wrist.
    And then, as face to face we stand,
    I'll - offer him my outstretched hand!


  4. poems about justice
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  5. In Sorry Plight
    Poet: John Kendrick Bangs


    To owe nobody anything? Well, that is not for me!
    'Twould take away, I rather fear, quite half the joy of life.
    I like to think of all the debts in loving sympathy
    I owe to those whose tenderness has eased me of my strife.

    It brings a glow into my heart to think of all I owe
    To sturdy friends, who, when amid the cares of life I grope,
    Refresh me with their precious stores of love to kill my woe.
    And for the sting of sorrow substitute the sweets of hope.

    He is indeed in friendless plight who hath no creditor
    And does not know the joyous task of paying off the score!


  6. poems about life
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  7. The Friend Unchangeable
    Poet: John Kendrick Bangs


    Long years ago when I was but a lad,
    Once hurt and suffering, in spirit sad,
    I chose for friend a star up in the blue
    And in its kindly smile forgot my rue.
    The years have passed and friends have come and gone.

    I've tasted joy, and passed through seasons wan.
    Things counted on have failed me, and in tears
    I`ve tried to drown my sorrows and my fears.
    But all the while, in happiness or pain;
    In moments of success, or efforts vain,
    That kindly star, unchangeable as truth.
    Has stood my friend, as in the days of youth.


  8. friendship poems
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  9. A Choice
    Poet: John Kendrick Bangs


    If so be you're inclined to jeer
    And greet all things with cynic sneer,
    Remember, pray, the Owl, whose hoots
    For merry song he substitutes;
    Who hates the light,
    And lives by night;
    And loses all the hours of fun
    He might be having in the sun.
    If you desire to be an Owl,
    Why, go ahead and hoot and scowl,
    But don't complain if through the night
    You miss the pleasures of the light.


  10. Poems of Encouragement
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  11. The Proof
    Poet: John Kendrick Bangs


    Do you doubt that you shall be
    Blest with Immortality?

    Glance about you at the bowers
    Filled afresh with reborn flowers!

    Heed the leaves that reappear
    From the death of yesteryear!

    Watch the grasses in the mirth
    Of a glorious rebirth!

    Think you that in God's great plan
    New birth is denied to Man?

    Man alone - is he to be
    Shorn of Immortality?

    'Mid these tokens full of cheer
    Doesn't seem much room for fear!


  12. Christian Poems
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  13. Achievement
    Poet: John Kendrick Bangs


    The climb is hard, the way is steep.
    The path is rough and hard to keep.
    The goal is far, and foes deride
    The Traveler on every side.

    Yet, day by day, and night by night.
    We nearer draw unto the height,
    Until at last the dawning sun
    Shines on the prizes nobly won;

    And all the strife, and vain regret.
    By which the journey was beset
    Forgotten lie amid the haze
    Of fast receding Yesterdays.


  14. Inspirational Poems
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  15. Gardening
    Poet: John Kendrick Bangs


    Have you got a garden where you gather wealth
    Of the kind that comes from an abundant health?
    There are other gardens full of human plants
    Waiting for the worker looking for a chance!

    Do you weed your garden, freeing it of woe
    That the tender blossoms may more freely grow?
    There are human blossoms choking mid the weeds
    Of the stress of sorrow, and their daily needs!

    In the human garden - that's the place to work!
    That 's the place where dangers to the flowers lurk!
    In the city byways, in the slums of dole,
    Where there might be sprouting roses of the soul!


  16. Garden Poems
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  17. The Heart Of A Boy
    Poet: John Kendrick Bangs


    I give you my word I am fifty to-day,
    And many's the trouble that's lurked on my way.
    Misfortune and failure have each done their part,
    And bitter the tears that have welled in my heart.
    But faith in my God, and the love of my kind,
    And smiles, whether wistful or not, in my mind,
    Have held me at fifty as full of true joy
    As ever you'll find in the Heart of a Boy!


  18. Birthday Poems
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  19. Tears
    Poet: John Kendrick Bangs


    Now what are tears but showers sent
    To ease the heart by sorrows pent?
    And what are showers but the play
    That leads us to the greener day?
    To know them not, would be, I fear,
    To dull the sweetness of our cheer,
    And hold us all unknowing of
    The deeper, hidden joys of Love.


  20. Short Love Poems
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  21. The Vacant Chair
    Poet: John Kendrick Bangs


    Have you a vacant chair
    Somewhere?
    Let It be filled by Memory
    With visions fair
    Of scenes that used to be.
    Within its soft embrace
    Once more retrace
    The well-beloved form of one
    To other realms passed on.
    Live o'er again the happy hours
    That strew your yesterdays like flowers
    Along a sunlit way
    That neither wither nor decay,
    And bless that vacant chair
    For standing there!


  22. Sad Poems
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