John Kendrick Bangs

(1862-1922 / the United States)

A Receipt For Happiness - Poem by John Kendrick Bangs

BEGIN the day with smiling eyes ;
Pursue the day with smiling lips;
Through clouds perceive the smiling skies
Up where the smiling sunbeam trips.

Let smiling thoughts within your mind
Drive gloom and cold despair apart,
And promptings of a genial kind
Keep ever growing in your heart.

Meet trouble with a cheery mien,
Be jovial in the face of care
He routs all mischief from the scene
Who greets it with a jocund air.

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Poem Submitted: Monday, September 6, 2010

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