Friday, October 19, 2007

Edgar A. Guest


This is a book my sister gave me of Edgar Guest's collected poems. Guest is far and away my favorite poet. He wrote things like this:

Good Books

Good books are friendly things to own.
If you are busy they will wait.
They will not call you on the phone
Or wake you if the hour is late.
They stand together row by row,
Upon the low shelf or the high.
But if you're lonesome this you know:
You have a friend or two nearby.

The fellowship of books is real.
They're never noisy when you're still.
They won't disturb you at your meal.
They'll comfort you when you are ill.
The lonesome hours they'll always share.
When slighted they will not complain.
And though for them you've ceased to care
Your constant friends they'll still remain.

Good books your faults will never see
Or tell about them round the town.
If you would have their company
You merely have to take them down.
They'll help you pass the time away,
They'll counsel give if that you need.
He has true friends for night and day
Who has a few good books to read.

Show and tell Fridays hosted by Kelli.

18 comments:

Amy ~ (Life's Small Treasures) said...

What a beautiful book. I love the poem too
~Amy

Christina said...

I think that I may be a bit envious of this wonderful book!
TOO COOL!!!

ellen b said...

Lovely book, lovely poem. thanks for sharing them...

Lady_MSnow said...

That is a lovely book. :D

Penless Thoughts said...

My father's favorite poet was Edgar Guest and he shared many of his poems with me as a child. He has a very special place in my heart!!
Susan

Barbara H. @ Stray Thoughts said...

I love Edgar Guest's poems. How fun to have a neat book of them!

Hootin' Anni said...

I was in the middle of commenting and the electricity went off and I lost all I'd typed! Dang....now, I lost my train of thought. LOL

I love poetry, and the book is great. I'm envious.

nannykim said...

I have read some of his things before , but never saw a whole book by him--nice book and poem.

Mary said...

Love that book. It is a beauty.

Cindy said...

Edgar Guest's poems are wonderful. Great book.

PEA said...

I've always loved Edgar Guest's poems and how wonderful that your sister should give you that book!! Treasure it always! xo

Lisa said...

Lovely show and tell!!

Quinne said...

Hi Charity Grace :) What a neat poem! I am a book lover and tend to enjoy my favorites so often that they fall apart - lol! Blessings, Q

Miss Eagle said...

A true booklover's book - and the poem is enjoyable too.

Blessings and bliss

Donetta said...

I love him. I have a very old volume of his. He was one of my first poets.

Liz said...

I love the poem and the book is beautiful. What a treasure!

Donetta said...

I went to the library today and I have one volume on order to be sent to my local branch yepee!

Patty said...

my absolute favorite poet !