Robert Kirkland Kernighan

(25 April 1854 – 3 November 1926 / Ontario)

Too Much Liberty - Poem by Robert Kirkland Kernighan

If you get upon your legs to start a new reform,
And pull your jacket off, reformation to begin,
' The Liberty of the Subject ' will raise an awful storm,
And the crowd that's all around you will ring the
chestnut in.

If you want to curb the vices and the passions of the age,
And smash the ugly idols of the heathen and the bad,

The crowd will roar of ' Liberty,' and fly into a rage,
And claim the same old idols that their tart ancesters
had.

We 've got a splendid climate, and our soil is very good,
And I 'm filled with honest pride as I watch my

country grow ;

We Ve got enough to wear, and plenty wholesome food ;
But we Ve got too much of Freedom to the acre, don't
you know?


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Poem Submitted: Friday, May 18, 2012



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