A Character Poem by Robert William Service

A Character

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How often do I wish I were
What people call a character;
A ripe and cherubic old chappie
Who lives to make his fellows happy;
With in his eyes a merry twinkle,
And round his lips a laughing wrinkle;
Who radiating hope and cheer
Grows kindlier with every year.
For this ideal let me strive,
And keep the lad in me alive;
Nor argument nor anger know,
But my own way serenly go;
The woes of men to understand,
Yet walk with humour hand in hand;
To love each day and wonder why
Folks are not so jocund as I.

So be you simple, decent, kind,
With gentle heart and quiet mind;
And if to righteous anger stung,
Restrain your temper and your toungue.
Let thought for others be your guide,
And patience triumph over pride . . .
With charity for those who err,
Live life so folks may say you were--
God bless your heart!--A Character.

COMMENTS OF THE POEM
E Forrester 15 May 2007

Lovely poem. And indeed, i believe he achieved his wish...

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Ruta Mohapatra 09 May 2018

Yeah! I could not agree more!

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Bernard F. Asuncion 09 May 2018

Such a great write by Robert William Service??????

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Pamela Lutwyche 23 August 2020

You are a character sir, you seem a lovely gent. All nice and calm, relaxed and content.

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D J Emmanuel 09 May 2018

Wow A Well Composed poem A Character Worthy Of emulating. More Inspiration

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Glen Kappy 09 May 2018

So may it be for me and all of us as in the last stanza. -GK

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Lantz Pierre 09 May 2018

I'm generally not a fan of Service. Your comment made me scroll back to read what you refer to. At an embarrassingly apropos time for me after an ugly fight. Thank you. Very fitting words.

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Kumarmani Mahakul 09 May 2018

So be you simple, decent, kind, With gentle heart and quiet mind; And if to righteous anger stung, Restrain your temper and your toungue......touching expression with nice theme. It is a beautiful didactic poem by Robert William Service.

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Robert Murray Smith 09 May 2018

A nice good-humoured write.++10

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