Robert Kirkland Kernighan

(25 April 1854 – 3 November 1926 / Ontario)

Some Good Advice - Poem by Robert Kirkland Kernighan

Now don't you be discouraged because you 're in a hole ;

Misfortune nerves a thoro' man : disaster daunts a fool ;
A tumble is a tonic to a brave and burly soul

If baffled once just try again, is still a wholesome rule.

Once on a time young Joseph was flung down in a pit ;

They brought his blood-stained garments to Jacob, poor

old soul ;
But Joseph lived to rule the world, and hold it in his mit

So do n't you get discouraged because you 're in a hole.

Once David was an outcast, and hiding in a cave ;

And Saul, the king, was after him to prod him with a

pole;

But David, crowned, shed pitying tears on Saul's dis-
honored grave
So do n't you get discouraged because you 're in a hole.

Once in the lions' fearful den the prophet Daniel kneeled :
He heard the roar of triumph above his dungeon roll ;

Next day his foemen took his place : the swine-souled

wretches squealed ;
So do n't you be discouraged because you 're in a hole.

Faithful Meshoch, noble Shadrach, and good Abednego,
Were in a fiery furnace in great distress and dole ;

The flames they did n't fiz on them, or singe their clothes,

you know
So do n't you be discouraged because you 're in a hole.

The jewelled feet of Jezebel trod Naboth in the dirt :
The heartless harlot turned him out and all his outfit
stole ;

But Naboth got his vineyard back, and Jezebel got hurt ;
So do n't you get discouraged because you 're in a hole.

Once on a time big Samson was in a fearful pass :

Escape seemed quite impossible, his life must pay the

toll;
But, lo ! he busted up the scheme with the jaw bone of

an ass ;
So do n't you be discouraged because you 're in a hole.

Poor Jonah, swallowed by the whale, was very much cast
down :

A nasty situation : tho' some people think it 's droll ;
But, lo ! he lived to terrify the Babylonian town ;

So do n't you be discouraged because you 're in a hole.

To tumble in a pit is sometimes quite a boon ;

For learning to be careful will medicine your soul ;
And if the pit be very deep, you '11 see the stars at noon

So do n't you be discouraged because you 're in a hole.


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Poem Submitted: Saturday, May 12, 2012



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