True Nobility by Edgar Guest

We started writing in our poetry notebooks this week. I put out all of our poetry books and let the kids peruse them to pick out a poem that spoke to them. I asked them to copy out a few lines that they found true, good and/or beautiful. Caleb found this poem by Edgar Guest. I was impressed that he took his time to find one that spoke of honour and nobility. Not too far in the past, he would have just found the shortest poem he could see.

True Nobility
by Edgar Guest

Who does his task from day to day
And meets whatever comes his way
Believing God has willed it so
Has found real greatness here below

Who guards his post no matter where
Believing God must need him there
Although but lowly toil it be
Has risen to nobility.

for great and low there’s but one tese
Tis that each man shall do his best
Who works with all the strength he can
Shall never die in debt to man.

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