Robert Kirkland Kernighan
Robert Kirkland Kernighan Poems
- Chickens Come Home To Roost The world is wide and the ...
- Draw Up To The Fire Draw up to the fire, stranger ; You ...
- 24 The Khan's Canticles I heard a curse from a lower beast : ...
- Dolly's Foal ' Mammy, mammy !' the wee girl cried ; The ...
- A Trooly Good Man He never swears, he never smokes, He ...
- A Blanket Of Leaves The bushes and the trees Spread the old...
- Canada First To home and Country shouts we raise I For Home...
Robert Kirkland Kernighan (25 April 1854 – 3 November 1926) was a Canadian poet, journalist, and farmer.
Born at Rushdale Farm, Rockton, Ontario, he apprenticed as a journalist on the Hamilton Spectator staff. In about 1876 the paper printed his first poetry. Kernighan lived in Western Canada for a while working for the Winnipeg Sun. Short thereafter returned to Hamilton to farm. He worked exclusively for many years for the Toronto Telegram writing a column titled, "The Khan's Corner." The nickname "Khan" was given to him by a young French-Canadian woman who could not pronounce his name.
It was the opinion of Sir John A. Macdonald that if Canada ... more »
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Chickens Come Home To Roost
The world is wide and the faithful tide
Returns to the welcome sands ;
It 's often true that the work we do
Conies back to its maker's hands.
And every man knows the wondrous plan
By creation introduced :
Be it soon or late, at a certain date,
The chickens come home to roost.
JBe careful, then, ye sons of men,
What reckless words ye say ;
Be they good or ill, your sayings will
On your threshold stand some day.
You 'll bear the blame, for all the shame
Was by your lips produced ;
You 'll know it then, and ...