James Whitcomb Riley

(7 October 1849 - 22 July 1916 / Greenfield, Indiana)

A Good Man - Poem by James Whitcomb Riley


A good man never dies--
In worthy deed and prayer
And helpful hands, and honest eyes,
If smiles or tears be there:
Who lives for you and me--
Lives for the world he tries
To help--he lives eternally.
A good man never dies.


Who lives to bravely take
His share of toil and stress,
And, for his weaker fellows' sake,
Makes every burden less,--
He may, at last, seem worn--
Lie fallen--hands and eyes
Folded--yet, though we mourn and mourn,
A good man never dies.

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Poem Submitted: Friday, April 9, 2010

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