Edgar Albert Guest

(20 August 1881 - 5 August 1959 / Birmingham / England)

Edgar Albert Guest Poems

41. A New Year's Plea 7/11/2014
42. A New Year's Song 8/25/2014
43. A Pat On The Back 8/20/2014
44. A Patriot 8/14/2014
45. A Patriotic Creed 7/15/2014
46. A Patriotic Wish 7/12/2014
47. A Personal View Of War 9/2/2014
48. A Place At The Top 8/20/2014
49. A Plea 7/12/2014
50. A Prayer 7/14/2014
51. A Prayer, 1918 7/12/2014
52. A Preference 8/25/2014
53. A Query — 8/20/2014
54. A Real Thriller 8/20/2014
55. A Scare 8/26/2014
56. A Song 8/15/2014
57. A Successful Dad 8/20/2014
58. A Suggestion 8/20/2014
59. A Toast To Happiness 7/15/2014
60. A Toast To The Men 1/1/2004
61. A Valentine 8/26/2014
62. A Vanished Joy 8/25/2014
63. A Vow 7/14/2014
64. A Warm House And A Ruddy Fire 7/12/2014
65. A Wish 7/12/2014
66. A Woman's Love 8/14/2014
67. A Woman's Ways 8/14/2014
68. A Wonderful World 8/14/2014
69. A Year's New Wish 8/20/2014
70. About Boys 7/12/2014
71. Accomplished Care 7/12/2014
72. Afraid Of His Dad 8/14/2014
73. After A Proposal 8/27/2014
74. After All Is Said And Done 8/14/2014
75. All For The Best 8/14/2014
76. All That Matters 7/11/2014
77. Alone 8/15/2014
78. Along The Paths O' Glory 8/20/2014
79. Ambition 8/15/2014
80. America 8/14/2014

Comments about Edgar Albert Guest

  • Wyman Atkinson (6/16/2013 10:12:00 AM)

    I have and have read most of Mr. Guest's poems. I'm certain a lot would consider his work hackneyed and perhaps by to-days standard of poetry, some might agree. Edgar lived in a different time, a more simple, less complex and naive time in history. I read his work, with my head in my mother's era (1911) . Mr. Guest wrote with his heart and his soul and all of it made perfect sense. He was Detroit's poet laureate!

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  • John Burdick (6/10/2012 5:24:00 AM)

    I just love the man but wish I could find more of his biography. I would like to know about his religious beliefs.

  • Cynthia Mcleod (3/28/2012 8:59:00 PM)

    My favorite poem by Guest is not on here. That's such a shame. It's called Teamwork. Google it (:

  • Roy Altemus (5/18/2010 11:04:00 PM)

    This was so appropriate for today's drivers. It was on the back of a 1949 Hudson car manual:

    COURTESY / Edgar A. Guest © 1947

    Not the “right of way” when driving, but the simple way of right and never once forgetting to be courteous and polite.
    A little bit of patience as behind the wheel you sit and you’ll never lose a fender and a child you’ll never hit.

    Oh, the worst of phrases ringing all through motordom today is that selfish bit of wording that is known as “right of way.”
    It has filled the graves of many who have sped some road along, since death never asks the question, is the driver right or wrong.

    Just a little thought for others, just remembering to be kind, just the willingness in traffic to slow down and stay behind.
    Just the show of gracious manners which all gentle folks display, and all the accidents that happen will be fewer day by day.

    Just control that flash of temper when another sounds his horn. In the car may be a mother soon to have her baby born.
    Be considerate in your driving and be courteous and be kind, and you’ll reach your dwelling safely and you’ll keep your peace of mind.

  • Naomi Bigelow (2/8/2008 5:08:00 PM)

    I grew up listening to WJR radio out of Detroit; listening to Edgar A. Guest's son, Bud Guest was part of everyday life. I remember one of his dad's poems, 'Open-face Letters' as the earliest one I can recall. This man's poetry and his son's voice are some of the homey things from The Good Old Days. They influenced me to begin writing poetry, too. Although I ended up published with novels, I still write the occasional poem, partly due to the Guests.

  • Steven Albert (10/20/2007 3:48:00 AM)

    THIS IS ONE OF THE BETTER SITES THAT I HAVE BEEN TO. I JUST SIGNED UP AND I HAVE TO EXPLORE THE SITE MORE.
    THANK YOU

Best Poem of Edgar Albert Guest

See It Through

When you're up against a trouble,
Meet it squarely, face to face;
Lift your chin and set your shoulders,
Plant your feet and take a brace.
When it's vain to try to dodge it,
Do the best that you can do;
You may fail, but you may conquer,
See it through!
Black may be the clouds about you
And your future may seem grim,
But don't let your nerve desert you;
Keep yourself in fighting trim.
If the worst is bound to happen,
Spite of all that you can do,
Running from it will not save you,
See it ...

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See It Through

When you're up against a trouble,
Meet it squarely, face to face;
Lift your chin and set your shoulders,
Plant your feet and take a brace.
When it's vain to try to dodge it,
Do the best that you can do;
You may fail, but you may conquer,
See it through!
Black may be the clouds about you

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