Edgar Albert Guest

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

Good Books - Poem by Edgar Albert Guest

Good books are friendly things to own.
If you are busy they will wait.
They will not call you on the phone
Or wake you if the hour is late.
They stand together row by row,
Upon the low shelf or the high.
But if you're lonesome this you know:
You have a friend or two nearby.

The fellowship of books is real.
They're never noisy when you're still.
They won't disturb you at your meal.
They'll comfort you when you are ill.
The lonesome hours they'll always share.
When slighted they will not complain.
And though for them you've ceased to care
Your constant friends they'll still remain.

Good books your faults will never see
Or tell about them round the town.
If you would have their company
You merely have to take them down.
They'll help you pass the time away,
They'll counsel give if that you need.
He has true friends for night and day
Who has a few good books to read.


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  • (7/1/2018 8:49:00 AM)

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    Need argent (Report)Reply

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  • (6/5/2018 8:17:00 PM)

    I need summary of good books (Report)Reply

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  • (5/14/2018 2:43:00 PM)

    I LOVE THIS POEM! I am obsessed with books, and this is a great, meaningful poem! (Report)Reply

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Poem Submitted: Friday, July 11, 2014



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