Treasure Island

Louis Untermeyer

(1885-1977 / United States)

Quotations

  • ''It takes a heap o' children to make a home that's true,
    And home can be a palace grand, or just a plain, old shoe;
    But if it has a mother dear, and a good old dad or two,
    Why, that's the sort of good old home for good old me and you.''
    Louis Untermeyer (1885-1977), U.S. poet. Mother Goose Up-to-Date: Edgar A. Guest Considers the Good "Old Woman Who Lived in a Shoe," (l. 1-4). . . Modern American Poetry. Louis Untermeyer, ed. (8th rev. ed., 1962) Harcourt, Brace and Company.
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  • ''And fathers are a blessing, too, they give the place a tone;
    In fact each child should try and have some parents of its own.''
    Louis Untermeyer (1885-1977), U.S. poet. Mother Goose Up-to-Date: Edgar A. Guest Considers the Good "Old Woman Who Lived in a Shoe," (l. 8-10). . . Modern American Poetry. Louis Untermeyer, ed. (8th rev. ed., 1962) Harcourt, Brace and Company.
  • ''Laughter shall drown the raucous shout;
    And, though these shelt'ring walls are thin,
    May they be strong to keep hate out
    And hold love in.''
    Louis Untermeyer (1885-1977), U.S. poet. Prayer for This House (l. 13-16). . . Poems That Live Forever. Hazel Felleman, ed. (1965) Doubleday & Company.

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Mockery

God, I return to You on April days
   When along country roads You walk with me,
   And my faith blossoms like the earliest tree
That shames the bleak world with its yellow sprays --
My faith revives, when through a rosy haze
   The clover-sprinkled hills smile quietly,
   Young winds uplift a bird's clean ecstasy . . .
For this, O God, my joyousness and praise!

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