John Hartley

(1839-1917 / England)

Ther's Much Expected - Poem by John Hartley

Life's pathway is full o' deep ruts,
An we mun tak gooid heed lest we stumble;
Man is made up of 'ifs' and of 'buts,'
It seems pairt ov his natur to grumble.

But if we'd all anxiously tak
To makkin things smooth as we're able,
Ther'd be monny a better clooath'd back,
An' monny a better spread table.

It's a sad state o' things when a man
Cannot put ony faith in his brother,
An fancies he'll chait if he can,
An rejoice ovver th' fall ov another.

An it's sad when yo see some at stand
High in social position an power,
To know at ther fortuns wor plann'd,
An built, aght oth' wrecks o' those lower.

It's sad to see luxury rife,
An fortuns being thowtlessly wasted;
While others are wearin out life,
With the furst drops o' pleasure untasted.

Some in carriages rollin away,
To a ball, or a rout, or a revel;
But ther chariots may bear em some day
Varry near to the gates ov the devil.

Oh! charity surely is rare,
Or ther'd net be soa monny neglected;
For ther's lots wi enuff an' to spare,
An from them varry mich is expected.

An tho' in this world they've ther fill
Of its pleasures, an wilfully blinded,
Let deeath come--an surely it will--
They'll be then ov ther duties reminded.

An when called on, they, tremblin wi fear,
Say 'The hungry an nak'd we ne'er knew,'
That sentence shall fall o' ther ear--
'Depart from me; I never knew you.'

Then, oh! let us do what we can,
Nor with this world's goods play the miser;
If it's wise to lend money to man,
To lend to the Lord _must_ be wiser.

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Poem Submitted: Tuesday, September 14, 2010

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