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The Project Gutenberg eBook, Poems Teachers Ask For, Book Two, by Various This eBook is for the use of anyone anywhere at no cost and with almost no restrictions whatsoever. You may copy it, give it away or re-use it under the terms of the Project Gutenberg License included with this eBook or online at www.gutenberg.org Title: Poems Teachers Ask For, Book Two Author: Various Release Date: October 4, 2006 [eBook #19469] Language: English Character set encoding: ISO-8859-1 ***START OF THE PROJECT GUTENBERG EBOOK POEMS TEACHERS ASK FOR, BOOK TWO*** E-text prepared by Charles Aldarondo and the Project Gutenberg Online Distributed Proofreading Team (http://www.pgdp.net/) POEMS TEACHERS ASK FOR BOOK TWO Selected by READERS OF "NORMAL INSTRUCTOR-PRIMARY PLANS" CONTAINING MORE THAN TWO HUNDRED POEMS REQUESTED FOR PUBLICATION IN THAT MAGAZINE ON THE PAGE "POEMS OUR READERS HAVE ASKED FOR" INDEX OF TITLES African Chief, The Annabel Lee Annie and Willie's Prayer April! April! Are You Here? April Showers Armageddon Autumn Autumn Leaves Aux Italiens Awakening Babie, The Ballad of East and West, The Ballad of the Tempest, The Battle of Bunker's Hill, The Bells of Ostend, The Bernardo Del Carpio Betty and the Bear Bible My Mother Gave Me, The Bill's in the Legislature Billy's Rose Bivouac of the Dead, The Boy and Girl of Plymouth Boys, The Boy Who Didn't Pass, The Boy with the Hoe, The Break, Break, Break "Brides of Enderby, The." See "High Tide, The" Bridge Builder, The Broken Pinion, The Burial of Moses, The Casabianca Charge of Pickett's Brigade, The Children Children, The Children We Keep, The Christmas Day in the Workhouse Christmas Long Ago, A Chums Circling Year, The Cleon and I Color in the Wheat Columbus Bryant Poe Snow Goodale Wilkins E. Arnold Hood Wray Lytton Sangster Miller Kipling Fields Cozzens Bowles Hemans 145 25 196 59 26 157 186 65 72 93 131 23 56 102 140 160 130 117 53 104 15 154 27 108 202 52 150 54 9 45 164 122 16 133 146 193 47 206 208 37 8 137 Sims O'Hara Smith O.W. Holmes Weaver Tennyson Butterworth Alexander Hemans Longfellow Dickinson Wilson Sims Foley Graham Mackay Garland Smith Conscience and Future Judgment Courting in Kentucky Courtin', The Cradle Hymn Dandelion David's Lament for Absalom Death of the Flowers, The Don't Kill the Birds Duty Dying Newsboy, The Echo Encouragement Engineer's Story, The Ensign Bearer, The Eve of Waterloo, The Excelsior Finding of the Lyre, The Fireman's Story, The Flower of Liberty, The Flying Jim's Last Leap Fortunate Isles, The Give Them the Flowers Now God God's Message to Men God's Will Is Best Good Shepherd, The Grandfather's Clock Grandmother's Quilt Graves of a Household, The Gray Swan, The Gunga Din Hark, Hark! the Lark Harp That Once Through Tara's Halls, The Health and Wealth Heartening, The Height of the Ridiculous, The Heritage, The He Who Has Vision He Worried About It Highland Mary High Tide, The Lowell Watts Garabrant Willis Bryant Colesworthy Browning Thornton Saxe Dunbar Hall Byron Longfellow Lowell O.W. Holmes Banks Miller Hodges Derzhavin Emerson Mason Howe Work Hemans A. Cary Kipling Shakespeare Moore Webb O.W. Holmes Lowell McKenzie Foss Burns Ingelow 81 67 59 35 82 191 21 53 20 52 65 71 96 11 17 15 150 125 85 128 168 84 162 62 67 166 35 186 130 207 98 111 71 103 103 14 22 146 203 88 150 His Mother's Song Home Home They Brought Her Warrior Dead House with Nobody in It, The How Did You Die? How Salvator Won Hullo If All the Skies "If" for Girls, An If We Understood I Got to Go to School I Have a Rendezvous with Death I Have Drank My Last Glass Inasmuch Indian Names Inventor's Wife, The Isle of Long Ago, The Jamie Douglas Jim Brady's Big Brother John Maynard John Thompson's Daughter King and the Child, The King's Ring, The Knight's Toast, The Ladder of St. Augustine, The Lamb, The Land of Beginning Again, The Land Where Hate Should Die, The Last Leaf, The Laugh in Church, A Laughing Chorus, A Law and Liberty Leaving the Homestead Legend Beautiful, The Legend of the Northland, A Let Me Walk with the Men in the Road Let Us Be Kind Life, I Know Not What Thou Art Lincoln, the Man of the People Little Bateese Little Fir-Trees, The Little Willie's Hearing Guest Tennyson Kilmer Cooke Wilcox Foss Van Dyke Otis Waterman Seeger Ford Sigourney Corbett B.F. Taylor 39 7 74 8 132 120 123 36 153 29 121 142 87 178 135 82 51 9 206 78 34 134 159 57 33 86 32 18 20 29 59 39 159 174 131 28 143 65 118 80 203 127 Foley Alger P. Cary Hall Tilton W. Scott Longfellow Blake Tarkington McCarthy O.W. Holmes Cutler Longfellow P. Cary Gresham Childress Barbauld Markham Drummond Stein Loss and Gain Lost Occasion, The Lullaby Mad River Message for the Year, A Minstrel-Boy, The Minuet, The Mizpah Monterey More Cruel Than War Mortgage on the Farm, The Mother o' Mine Mothers of Men My Prairies Mystic Weaver, The Nearer Home New Leaf, A Newsboy, The New Year, The Night with a Wolf, A Nobody's Child No Sects in Heaven O'Grady's Goat Old Actor's Story, The Old Flag Forever Old Kitchen Floor, The Old Man Dreams, The Old Man in the Model Church, The Old Man's Dreams, An "One, Two, Three!" Our Flag Our Homestead Our Own Our Presidents Out in the Snow Over the Hill from the Poor-House Papa's Letter Parting of Marmion and Douglas Parts of Speech, The Petrified Fern, The Picciola Piller Fights Longfellow Whittier Foley Longfellow Hardy Moore Dodge Hoffman Hawkins Kipling Miller Garland 34 84 205 100 66 55 48 162 165 136 173 70 64 74 171 48 202 94 153 89 46 180 44 106 21 75 58 148 61 30 202 55 119 195 83 42 40 95 201 36 158 80 P. Cary Rice Corbett Craik Bayard Taylor Case Cleaveland Hays Sims Stanton O.W. Holmes Yates Sherman Bunner Sangster P. Cary Sangster Gilman Moulton Carleton W. Scott Branch Newell Ellsworth Polish Boy, The Poor Little Joe Prayer and Potatoes Prayer for a Little Home, A President, The Pride of Battery B Quangle Wangle's Hat, The Railroad Crossing, The Rain on the Roof Rainy Day, The Real Riches, The Red Jacket, The Reply to "A Woman's Question" Rhodora, The Ring Out, Wild Bells Roll Call, The Romance of Nick Van Stann Rustic Courtship Sandman, The Santa Filomena School-Master's Guest, The September September Days September Gale, The Sermon in Rhyme, A Service Flag, The She Was a Phantom of Delight Singing Leaves, The Sin of Omission, The Sin of the Coppenter Man Small Beginnings Solitude Somebody's Darling Song of Marion's Men Song of the Chattahoochee "'Specially Jim" Station-Master's Story, The Stranger on the Sill, The Sunset City, The Teacher's "If", The There Was a Boy Things Divine, The Stephens Proudfit Pettee Johnston Gassaway Lear Strong Kinney Longfellow Saxe Baker Pelham Emerson Tennyson Shepherd Saxe 12 32 200 87 204 176 91 182 97 28 12 77 155 90 63 86 156 76 62 56 68 75 153 137 167 127 89 92 116 139 97 139 175 54 66 44 109 147 183 165 90 64 Vandegrift Longfellow Carleton G. Arnold Smith O.W. Holmes Herschell Wordsworth Lowell Sangster Cooke Mackay Wilcox La Coste Bryant Lanier Sims Read Gilman Gale Wordsworth Burt Tin Gee Gee, The "Tommy" Tommy's Prayer Towser Shall Be Tied To-night Trailing Arbutus Trouble in the Amen Corner Try, Try Again Two Angels, The Two Kinds of People, The Two Little Stockings, The Two Pictures, The Unawares Vagabonds, The Voice of Spring, The Volunteer Organist, The Warren's Address to the American Soldiers Washington Washington's' Birthday Water Mill, The What the Choir Sang About the New Bonnet When Father Carves the Duck When My Ship Comes In When Papa Was a Boy When the Light Goes Out Which Shall It Be? Who Stole the Bird's Nest? Why the Dog's Nose Is Always Cold Wishing Bridge, The Witch's Daughter, The With Little Boy Blue Wolsey's Farewell to His Greatness Women of Mumbles Head, The Wood-Box, The Work: A Song of Triumph Work Thou for Pleasure You Put No Flowers on My Papa's Grave Cape Kipling Nicholls Whittier Harbaugh Longfellow Wilcox Hunt 169 170 112 37 199 18 135 187 116 141 114 30 49 26 149 99 37 58 143 168 40 138 100 199 101 41 144 63 188 122 94 123 177 154 169 140 Lent Trowbridge Hemans Foss Pierpont Bryant Butterworth Doudney Morrison Wright Burdette Brininstool Chester Beers Child Whittier Whittier Kennedy Shakespeare C. Scott Lincoln Morgan Cox C.E.L. Holmes (An Index of First Lines is given on pages 209-213) PREFACE In homely phrase, this is a sort of "second helping" of a dish that has pleased the taste of thousands. Our first collection of Poems Teachers Ask For was the response to a demand for such a book, and this present volume is the response to a demand for "more." In Book One it was impracticable to use all of the many poems entitled to inclusion on the basis of their being desired. We are constantly in receipt of requests that certain selections be printed in NORMAL INSTRUCTOR-PRIMARY PLANS on the page "Poems Our Readers Have Asked For." More than two hundred of these were chosen for Book One, and more than two hundred others, as much desired as those in the earlier volume, are included in Book Two. Because of copyright restrictions, we often have been unable to present, in magazine form, verse of large popular appeal. By special arrangement, a number of such poems were included in Book One of Poems Teachers Ask For , and many more are given in the pages that follow. Acknowledgment is made below to publishers and authors for courteous permission to reprint in this volume material which they control: THE CENTURY COMPANY—The Minuet, from "Poems and Verses," by Mary Mapes Dodge. W.B. CONKEY COMPANY—Solitude, from "Poems of Passion," and How Salvator Won, from "Kingdom of Love," both by Ella Wheeler Wilcox. DODD, MEAD AND COMPANY, INC.—Encouragement, by Paul Laurence Dunbar, copyright by Dodd, Mead & Company; Work , by Angela Morgan, from "The Hour Has Struck," copyright 1914 by Angela Morgan. DODGE PUBLISHING COMPANY—How Did You Die? from "Impertinent Poems," and The Sin of the Coppenter Man , from "I Rule the House," both by Edmund Vance Cooke. GEORGE H. DORAN COMPANY—The House with Nobody in It , from "Trees and Other Poems," by Joyce Kilmer, copyright 1914 by George H. Doran Company, publishers. HAMLIN GARLAND—My Prairies and Color in the Wheat . ISABEL AMBLER GILMAN—The Sunset City . HARPER & BROTHERS—Over the Hill from the Poor-House School-Master's Guests, from "Farm Legends," by Will Carleton. and The HOUGHTON MIFFLIN COMPANY—The Sandman, by Margaret Vandegrift; The Sin of Omission and Our Own , by Margaret E. Sangster; The Ballad of the Tempest, by James T. Fields; also the poems by Henry W. Longfellow, John G. Whittier, James Russell Lowell, Alice Cary, Phoebe Cary, Oliver Wendell Holmes, and J.T. Trowbridge, of whose works they are the authorized publishers. CHARLES H.L. JOHNSTON—The President. RUDYARD KIPLING and DOUBLEDAY, PAGE & COMPANY (A.P. WATT & SON, London, England)—Mother o' Mine . LOTHROP, LEE & SHEPARD COMPANY—Hullo and The Volunteer Organist, both from "Back Country Poems," by Sam Walter Foss, and He Worried About It, from "Whiffs from Wild Meadows," by Sam Walter Foss. EDWIN MARKHAM—Lincoln, the Man of the People . REILLY & LEE CO.—Home, from "A Heap o' Livin'," by Edgar A. Guest. FLEMING H. REVELL COMPANY—Our Flag , by Margaret E. Sangster. CHARLES SCRIBNER'S SONS—I Have a Rendezvous with Death , by Alan Seeger; Song of the Chattahoochee , by Sidney Lanier; If All the Skies , by Henry van Dyke. HARR WAGNER PUBLISHING COMPANY—Mothers of Men Fortunate Isles, by Joaquin Miller. THE PUBLISHERS. and The POEMS TEACHERS ASK FOR BOOK TWO Home It takes a heap o' livin' in a house t' make it home, A heap o' sun an' shadder, an' ye sometimes have t' roam Afore ye really 'preciate the things ye left behind, An' hunger fer 'em somehow, with 'em allus on yer mind. It don't make any differunce how rich ye get t' be, How much yer chairs an' tables cost, how great yer luxury; It ain't home t' ye, though it be the palace of a king, Until somehow yer soul is sort o' wrapped 'round everything. Home ain't a place that gold can buy or get up in a minute; Afore it's home there's got t' be a heap o' livin' in it: Within the walls there's got t' be some babies born, and then Right there ye've got t' bring 'em up t' women good, an' men; And gradjerly, as time goes on ye find ye wouldn't part With anything they ever used—they've grown into yer heart; The old high chairs, the playthings, too, the little shoes they wore Ye hoard; an' if ye could ye'd keep the thumbmarks on the door. Ye've got t' weep t' make it home, ye've got t' sit and sigh An' watch beside a loved one's bed, an' know that Death is nigh; An' in the stillness o' the night t' see Death's angel come, An' close the eyes o' her that smiled, an' leave her sweet voice dumb. Fer these are scenes that grip the heart, an' when yer tears are dried, Ye find the home is dearer than it was, an' sanctified; An' tuggin' at ye always are the pleasant memories O' her that was an' is no more—ye can't escape from these. Ye've got t' sing and dance fer years, ye've got t' romp an' play, An' learn t' love the things ye have by usin' 'em each day; Even the roses 'round the porch must blossom year by year Afore they 'come a part o' ye, suggestin' someone dear Who used t' love 'em long ago, an' trained 'em jes' t' run The way they do, so's they would get the early mornin' sun; Ye've got t' love each brick an' stone from cellar up t' dome: It takes a heap o' livin' in a house f' make it home. Edgar A. Guest. The House with Nobody In It Whenever I walk to Suffern along the Erie track I go by a poor old farm-house with its shingles broken and black; I suppose I've passed it a hundred times, but I always stop for a minute And look at the house, the tragic house, the house with nobody in it. I've never seen a haunted house, but I hear there are such things; That they hold the talk of spirits, their mirth and sorrowings. I know that house isn't haunted and I wish it were, I do, For it wouldn't be so lonely if it had a ghost or two. This house on the road to Suffern needs a dozen panes of glass, And somebody ought to weed the walk and take a scythe to the grass. It needs new paint and shingles and vines should be trimmed and tied, But what it needs most of all is some people living inside. If I had a bit of money and all my debts were paid, I'd put a gang of men to work with brush and saw and spade. I'd buy that place and fix it up the way that it used to be, And I'd find some people who wanted a home and give it to them free. Now a new home standing empty with staring window and door Looks idle perhaps and foolish, like a hat on its block in the store, But there's nothing mournful about it, it cannot be sad and lone For the lack of something within it that it has never known. But a house that has done what a house should do, a house that has sheltered life, That has put its loving wooden arms around a man and his wife, A house that has echoed a baby's laugh and helped up his stumbling feet, Is the saddest sight, when it's left alone, that ever your eyes could meet.