Benjamin Franklin King

(17 March 1857 - 7 April 1894 / St. Joseph, Michigan)

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King was born at St. Joseph, Michigan, March 17, 1857, and died while on a speaking tour at Bowling Green, Kentucky, April 7, 1894. He was married November 27, 1883 to Aseneth Belle Latham, of St. Joseph, Michigan, and the couple had two children, Bennett Latham King and Spencer P. King, aged nine and five, respectively, at the time of his death.

King billed himself as "Ben King, the Sweet Singer of St. Joe". He first came to prominence for a concert given during the World's Columbian Exposition. Introduced to the Press Club of Chicago, he was quickly picked up by Opie Read, who invited King to tour with him, reading his poetry with piano ... more »

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  • The great secret of succeeding in conversation is to admire little, to hear much; always to distrust our own reason, and sometimes that of our friends; never to pretend to wit, but to make that of oth...
    Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790), U.S. statesman, writer. "Miscellaneous Observations," vol. 1, Complete Works (1728), ed. John Bigelow (1887-1888).
  • ''At twenty years of age, the will reigns; at thirty, the wit; and at forty, the judgment.''
    Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790), U.S. statesman, writer. Poor Richard's Almanac, June (1741).
  • ''Opportunity is the great bawd.''
    Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790), U.S. statesman, writer. Poor Richard's Almanac, September (1735).
  • ''A little neglect may breed mischief ... for want of a nail, the shoe was lost; for want of a shoe the horse was lost; and for want of a horse the rider was lost.''
    Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790), U.S. statesman, writer. Poor Richard's Almanac, preface (1758).
  • ''Where there's marriage without love, there will be love without marriage.''
    Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790), U.S. statesman, writer. Poor Richard's Almanac, May (1734).
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The Pessimist

1 Nothing to do but work,
2 Nothing to eat but food,
3 Nothing to wear but clothes
4 To keep one from going nude.

5 Nothing to breathe but air
6 Quick as a flash 't is gone;
7 Nowhere to fall but off,
8 Nowhere to stand but on.

9 Nothing to comb but hair,
10 Nowhere to sleep but in bed,
11 Nothing to weep but tears,
12 Nothing to bury but dead.

13 Nothing to sing but songs,
14 Ah, well, alas! alack!
15 Nowhere to go but out,
16 Nowhere to come but ...

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